Awkward Parent

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I went to the grocery store today with my 7 month old son. As I am standing at the scanner scrutinizing every item that is scanned, I suddenly hear shrieks of delight and realize that my son has attracted the attention of a couple of teenagers. I watch quietly as they make funny faces and my son laughs hysterically. I don’t really know what to do, I smile awkwardly and turn back to watch the scanner. I pay for the items and hesitate, I don’t want to be the one to break up the fun but it is time to go. I start pulling the cart and give the kids an apologetic smile. “Say bye, Eric!” I say and they are visibly sad to see him go. We start walking away and one of the boys follows, still making funny faces while my son laughs.

Where did this social butterfly come from?

Hot cars and Sexual assault

So apparently sexual assault and kids dying in hot cars is all over the media these days and I just have to wonder at the world that we live in. Are we really that fucked in the head that we can’t remember to take our kid out of the car? Doesn’t this say something about how busy everyone is nowadays? Is work really that fucking important? I know that nobody is perfect, I feel for those parents who lost the children. They don’t need to be chastised more than they already are, but at the same time a dialogue should be started about the fact that nobody has time to live anymore. To breathe. To take a minute to enjoy the day. More and more people are putting themselves on autopilot and these are the disastrous results. Continue reading