Crash Course in Parenting

, , | Hopeless | July 25, 2016

(I am doing some grocery shopping at a local store. I notice a couple with a young son moving through the aisles at about the same pace as I am. They are letting him walk on his own, so I am trying to make sure there was plenty of space before passing them. After I finish my shopping, I move to the end of an aisle to start for the registers, and right when the nose of my buggy passes into the open area, the little boy comes running through at full speed and crashes face first into the side of the cart.)

Me: “Oh, no!”

(I am looking around for his mom or dad. I’ve been a babysitter for a long time, and don’t want to pick him up without his parents’ permission.)

Parents: *rounding the corner and seeing their son on the floor* “What happened?”

Me: “I’m SO sorry! I came out of the aisle right when he was coming by. I hope he’s not hurt.”

(I brace myself for a lot of yelling.)

Dad: “Oh, he’s fine!” *picks his son up and looks him over* “Nope, not a scratch.”

Me: *surprised* “Well, I still want to apologize.”

Mom: “Please, don’t worry about it. We told him not to run in the store.”

(They dried their son’s tears, told him calmly that this was why they told him not to run in the store, and waved goodbye. It was so refreshing to see parents actually PARENTING!)

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