Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
(The next day I answered this question with “Kid Still In The Car Seat” Awareness. Read it if you are curious to see if my view changed on this subject. Hint: It did.)
I think I already know the answer: You sort of have to be crazy.
Today a news story popped up about a 25 year-old mom who left her two toddlers in the car while she went back inside the house to take an hour nap. When the mom returned to her car, her children were dead.
The problem with this story is that it’s too familiar. It’s not really that unique, unfortunately.
I feel like I hear of slightly different version of this happening a couple times every summer.
Assuming the mom in that particular story wasn’t insane, on bath salts, or demon possessed, I tried to imagine if I could ever end up in her position.
As soon as I heard about the story while I was at work today, I immediately reminded myself of this morning’s events:
“Okay, you definitely dropped off Jack at daycare this morning because as soon as you plopped him down, his friend Sophie started growling at him like she was a dinosaur, then immediately offered him a cup to play with. Yes, that was this morning. Not yesterday. You didn’t leave your son alone in the car in the parking lot… Whew!”
Even then, since that moment, I have questioned myself on whether or not I could ever become one of those parents who leaves their kid alone in a hot car.
I try to imagine a worst case scenario where I drive straight to work and forget Jack in the back seat because he was really quiet and content the whole time, which caused me to fall into a state of surreal solitude. I mean, life is stressful, could that ever happen to me?
Here’s why. Every time another one of these “parent left their kid alone in a hot car” story surfaces, it always ends up that the parent was less than a dependable and respected member of society.
There’s always something shady going on with them to begin with.
I’ve yet to hear of this happening where a “normal parent” like one of us finds themselves in a situation like this.
Until then, I think I’ll be able to keep myself out of a Shawshank Redemption kind of setting.
But really, I don’t know, do non-crazy parents end up leaving their kids alone in the car?
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