What Would You Do?
Simple question — What would you do?
I was in the parking lot at the grocery store this weekend. I had just put my groceries and over-tired daughter in the car. I was pulling out of the parking spot when I realized that in the Subaru next to me there was a boy who looked to be about 3 years old, fast asleep and alone. A quick scan of the car and the parking lot turned up no apparent parent. I wanted to just stay and wait until someone returned, but New Girl was screaming in the backseat. I didn’t call the police. Should I have? Maybe the child was sick and Mom was running in to quickly pick up medicine at the pharmacy and didn’t want to disrupt a delicate sleep. Police intervention could have caused this mother to have her child removed from her custody. Would that have been right? Since becoming a parent I have a new appreciation for the variety of ways in which families go about their lives, what they think is safe, and was causes them concern. But in this case I just don’t know. What would you have done?