September 19, 2007
Today I took my daughter to a toddler activity at the mall. First of all, getting out of the house was enough to want to call it quits and stay home. For some reason she did not want to leave the house and get in the car. To begin with once I put on her shoes she proceeded to walk around the house! Yikes, tracking dirt everywhere! Then when we finally get out the door she doesn’t want to walk to the car. Whining the word “wait” over and over again! I figured that she was whining about her daddy since two seconds before that she saw his shoes sitting outside of the house. So I finally said to her “Daddy’s at work today.” Then she came trekking along to the car. Finally! No, that’s not the end of it! When we get in the car and we’re ready to leave, she starts crying. Why? Who knows why a toddler cries sometimes, esp. when that’s they’re main mode of showing displeasure. Let me tell you my level of frustration was fast rising to the upper limits! I took a deep breath and said “We’re going.” and off we went. Soon after the crying stopped I thanked God for His grace! Whew!
At the mall they have a Sanrio store that sells all kinds of Hello Kitty stuff along with many other characters. I stopped in to check out their bento lunchboxes. I’ve seen a few on ebay but they are quite expensive since they’re mostly coming from Asia. Well, I found a latch style two-tier plastic lunchbox. It’s the cutest thing since it is pink and is adorned with Hello Kitty. The first tier has a divider in it. (I hope to get a picture uploaded soon.) Apparently, there were more lunchboxes prior to the start of school but not too many were this “bento” style. I asked the salesperson if they had any other food prep items with Hello Kitty on them. She informed me that they will soon be getting jello molds, cookie cutters, and a cake pan. Hooray! I’m so excited and I can’t wait to get my hands on the cookie cutters and the jello molds. I hope to use them for rice. I also saw some ice trays that were pretty cute too.
On a less happy note…when we got home from the mall today there was an emergency broadcast message on TV about a child abduction. I wasn’t able to get any details but I said a little prayer for that child. I hope they find the child soon as I know every minute counts. I’ll need to watch the news to find out more details. It was only a TEST! My husband watched the news and found out it was only a test! I am so happy! Sorry it must have been my “middleaged” hearing.
Whenever I hear stories like this or anything that has to do with children getting hurt, it makes my heart break. I’m sure it affects all of us the same way but I must say there’s an extra added twinge in my neck now that I’m a parent myself. Not to mention a parent of a girl! Once when I was watching an episode of Oprah about child predators, I was overcome with disgust by they things they said. I think one man said something like when he sees a little girl doing a cartwheel and her skirt flips up he thinks that she wants to have sex with him. They also mentioned that these predators like to hang out at places where children hang out…places like the mall, toy stores, parks, etc. Let me tell you the world was a different place when I was growing up some 30+ years ago. Needless to say, this makes me a little paranoid when I go to the mall with my daughter and she happens to spread her legs a little to wide for my taste. Isn’t that sad…she is only a toddler just doing toddler things and I have to worry about other people. I wonder if I’m the only mother out there that feel this way about their daughter? Maybe I am paranoid.
Speaking of the past, I do remember an incident when I was in elementary school that has never left me since it happened. I used to walk home from school with my brother and sometimes with friends. For some reason I had to walk home alone that particular day. It wasn’t a long walk maybe a couple of blocks. I remember just getting past the boundaries of the school property and seeing a car parked along the sidewalk. I saw someone sitting in the car and I had a pretty scary feeling inside the pit of my stomach. So I quickly crossed the street and looked back towards the school and started waving. (Pretending that I was waving to someone). Then I headed back towards the school to wait a while until I could walk home safely or find someone to walk home with. I really don’t remember the rest of it but I do know that I followed my gut that day. The lesson I learned…follow your instinct. When you get they scary uneasy feeling in your stomach, don’t ignore it. You’d rather look foolish and be safe then find yourself in a dangerous situation. I believe angels were watching over me that day!
BTW, I don’t claim to be an English major so don’t judge my grammar!