Monday, May 21, 2012
When I had my first baby, my dad nicknamed me "Paranoid Polly". Maybe I was a tad protective of my precious little darling. Maybe I checked on him while he slept every 14 minutes. Maybe I took him to the doctor with a spreadsheet of questions. Maybe I cut up his grapes until he was 3. I'm sure I looked like a crazy person to most people. I have since relaxed (a little) and stopped hovering (for the most part).
Recently, it has come to my attention, that maybe I am still a little paranoid. A friend of mine lives near a grocery store. She was chatting with her friend one day and the friend said, "Isn't it great that the grocery store is across the street? My husband and I put the kids to bed, lock the doors, and go grocery shopping alone. It's like our own little date night!"
WHAT?!?!? After I stopped freaking out, I asked her how old the kids were. Four and two. Those are about the ages of my kids. I know my 4 year old can unlock our doors. I also know that if he woke up for some reason and we were gone, he would panic. As I chatted with some other moms about this, a lot of them revealed that they do the SAME THING! Don't they know that they could get their kids taken away from them with a quick call to CPS by the neighbors?
Maybe they think it is safe to leave small children home alone since we live in Utah. Hello? There are still kidnappers in Utah. Anyone ever heard of Elizabeth Smart?!?
Am I overreacting and ultra-paranoid, or does this just seem like a really bad idea?