I think this post warrants its own space and I'll write another today to show my knitting progress.
I've never been accused of "minding my own business". Of course, I have at times as after all I did go through a divorce. However, I will often "speak up" and then think that perhaps I may have put myself into a situation that could have gotten out of hand and my safety might be in jeopardy.
So, today I was out the door before daylight to take my car to the garage. When done, I had a craving for a chocolate-glazed donut so I went through the drive-thru at Dunkin Donuts. All of a sudden, I saw a very young child, perhaps about 3 years old, getting out of a car to walk, perhaps run, across the very crowded parking lot. There was no adult in site near this beat-up car. I stopped my own vehicle and watched, perhaps scaring the child as he tugged at the door to close it again.
Now, I get infuriated when someone leaves their dog in a hot car and though it is now currently quite cold in Vermont, I still felt anger that a child had been left alone in an unlocked car, not that a locked car would have been that much better but certainly would have delayed a possible snatching.
I parked my car (again), walked into the overcrowded glassed-front donut shop and walking to the long line of folks I loudly asked, "whose child is that?" as I pointed in the direction of the car in question. Everyone said, "not my child". I walked over to the seated area and asked again, "Whose child is that?" Everyone again said the same thing. I looked towards the rest room hoping someone would come walking out and want to claim this child. No one!!! So, in a voice loud enough for everyone to hear, I said, "Well, I guess I am just going to have to call the police!"...hoping someone would man-up, or woman-up.
I returned to my car, thinking perhaps this child had been abandoned, called the police and waited and watched and watched. Finally, a non-chalant coffee-carrying man walked to the car at which time I informed him I had just called the police and told him why. As I spoke I noticed that the look in the child's eyes was terrifying and in my most comforting voice I said, "It's ok, honey, it's okay."
"I was concerned about your child, very concerned about your beautiful child", I told the man. His reply was "Oh, he knows to watch for cars!" I wanted to remind him that this child would have had absolutely no defense against someone snatching him, etc.
He did agree to wait for the police to respond to my call. When they arrived they obviously recognized his name because I heard the man say, "yes, the police were at my house the other night!". (Wonder why??)
If nothing else, the father will be fined for not having a car seat in the car for this child. Now, really!!!! someone who would leave such a young child unattended in a car could probably care less about having the required car seat in the vehicle.
Obviously, this so-called father did not want to lose his place in line at the donut shop and is the reason he didn't speak up when I asked who the parent was. Perhaps he thought I would just go away. Not me!!!!
So, on that note....have you seen the TV program, "What Would You Do?" It's a modern day version of "Candid Camera" that show people who step up to the plate to help a stranger (actors)in need. Very heartwarming!