In the short exchanges, there was no fatherliness. It was missing and that bothered me. Granted, the boy had been not just crying, but howling, through most of the store. The man had done nothing to comfort, talk or stop the boy that I had seen in the couple of times I had seen them in the store prior.
It made me uneasy. Later, when I asked my son, he said the same thing. He had noticed and felt the same way.
Something was not right here. He was an older man, signified by the gray hairs throughout his black hair. He was normal, average looking. He looked like someone who should have known what to do. And yet, he spoke shortly to him, as if he was a dog. “stay” he kept saying to the boy.
The boy had been trying to get out of the cart. He was in the basket, not in the seat and the man made no move to try to help the boy in any way. Just pushed him back in and “Stay”.
When I saw them exit the store the man had his arm roughly and too high for his approx. 3-4 year old size.
What do you do in a situation like that? Something just didn’t seem right about it, but how do you step in? What if that’s normal for that family? There are so many options in that situation.
I had the feeling that something wasn’t right. But how do you act, in a situation that could be so many things, on a “feeling”??
So I have been praying. In my brief views, I can’t say for sure something was wrong, just that something didn’t seem right. The whole thing in total added up to less than 5 min.
I don’t know what else to do. By the time I realized that there was something wrong here, they were gone. Out of the store. I did drive around the parking lot before I left, but didn’t see anyone looking like them. I have no idea what I would have done.
I can’t shake the “feeling”. I am praying and praying.
What would you have done in this situation?? Have you ever witnessed something like that and “felt” like something was just not right? What did you do?