I was waiting in line at Target with a friend the other day. Behind us there was a young mom who had a little boy, maybe a year and a half or two. Anyway, he wasn't talking yet, still a toddler. The kid started to get whiny because the line was taking forever, which it was--I probably would have whined myself if I thought it would do any good. Several times, the mom scolded the boy, saying, "Oh you! You're just like your father! Just like him! Stop it already!"
I honestly felt sorry for the kid. I usually try to mind my own business, but the way the mom was ragging on the little guy was heartbreaking. So I asked her if I could give the boy a sucker from my purse. I always carry a few. She said yes, and then while the kid was eating it, she started talking about his dad. She hated the man. She didn't say why, and I didn't ask. She said her little boy looked exactly like him, and then she said he was like his dad in other ways, too. Had to get what he wanted all the time, and lazy. I'm thinking okay, the kid's a toddler. They all want their way.
The line finally moved and it was my turn, so I just said, "Toddlers all think the world revolves around them. Wait till he's a teenager."
But I've still got this poor kid on my mind. I'll never see him again, I'm sure. But man, he's going to have a tough life, raised by a mom who seems to be holding the sins of his father against him. So if you pray or send out good thoughts or light candles or whatever, keep this little man on your mind. He's gonna need it.
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