Thursday, September 4, 2008

I dont understand some people

Something happened today at work, that I've seen so many times, I have to wonder, how stupid can people be?

Two families come in with small children to shop. The children are allowed to run amok throughout the store, they actually hit other people, tear things up, and walk out the front doors into the parking lot. Meanwhile their parents have no idea where they are, or what they are doing.

Am I the only one shocked by such behavior? First, in today's world, you just don't know when someone may come along and just grab your child and run. My boys are now 22 and 24, yet all those many years ago, I would not have allowed my children out of my sight, much less harm other people or destroy property. For those that have known me for many, many moons, you don't need to remind me that my boys were a handful. I'm not trying to paint a perfect picture. I'm saying that the lack of concern I see today has me not only scared, but angry.

In my opinion (for what it's worth), beyond the love, grace, and mercy our Lord, Jesus, shows us each day, a child is the most precious gift one could ever have. It is our responsibility to take care of, love, nurture, and teach these gifts as long as we are given the privilege.

Okay, off my soapbox for today.

1 comment:

Jenni said...

I couldn't agree with you more!

People here think I'm paranoid (kidnappings are a very rare thing here) but I grew up in So Cal and I can't get out of the mindset that someone could just snatch one of my children. They aren't allowed free run of the city like so many other children are and I don't care how old they get, I will always want to know where they are going, who they are going to be with, what time they'll be home, etc. Hubby thinks I'm over protective but he grew up here. He doesn't know what it's like in the US.

As for the parents who let their kids run amuck like that...I've always considered that lazy. It takes too much effort to keep them in control so let them do what they want. Not only is it lazy but it teaches their children it's ok to be disrespectful of other peoples property/space.

(you aren't old...we can leave comments, Gidge is just crazy :p)