To see children being neglected and/or abused. You may remember my post about reading A Child Called It... which still haunts me. Yet again, I am still glad I read it.
I was in Walmart today, and in front of me in line was a mother(?) and toddler son. Could've been grandchild, I have no idea. She was buying a high dollar outdoor game set, with horseshoes and such.
She says to the child, "Your sock is sticking out of your shoe!! Put it back in!" I look down at this poor kid, who is probably a year and half or two. He squats down to "poke" his sock back in his shoe. His dirty, filthy, shredded sock which actually looked dry rotted. Sticking out of shoes with holes in them that appeared to be about three sizes too small.
Then the mother said something to him about "I'm sorry, it's your problem~ not mine". Are you kidding me?! You're his mother, making sure your child has proper fitting shoes and clothing is your RESPONSIBILITY.
I never know what to do in these situations. I gave her the evil eye; the "you disgust me" eye... but I'm always afraid if I say something, then the child will only suffer more once they are in the car or at home.
Do I follow them out and get their license plate number?
He was also wearing a zipped jacket with his hood up. Hmmm. Too warm for a hood at that time. I can't help but think if she was hiding bruises.
I just don't see how people could be this way. I just spent two weeks searching ebay to find the perfect pair of shoes for Nova so he'd be comfortable. The kind with elastic laces that he can put on by himself and make him feel like a big boy. I make sure his shoes are made of breathable materials and prefer that they are natural and not man-made. I don't like crocs or most sandals because I think they're dangerous for his age. Over protective? Perhaps. But better than neglectful.
She could've bought a new pair of shoes and a package of socks for under $10. She could've gotten a used pair of shoes for a dollar. Go garage saling for crying out loud and get some for a quarter!!!! But something tells me that money isn't the issue... it's that she just doesn't care.
Just venting... again. What would you have done?