I can't get this one off my mind. Check out this link - this case is current.
This is a story about an everyday mom who takes her kids to do a good deed during the holidays, thinks she's making the best of choices and ends up being arrested for child endangerment. My heart goes out to this mother with myself being a mother of 3 and having to make similar split decisions. For those of you who don't know me well, which most of you do because I am very open about my insane ability to see the possible crisis in every situation, know that I am a bit crazy. I have what I call the "what if" syndrome. "What if my house catches on fire while the kids are inside and I'm on my way to the mailbox just yards away?" or "What if someone comes into my home in the dead of the night to harm me or the kids while Ryan is away?" or "what if........" I think you get the idea. I know I need therapy but I just can't seem to turn off these thoughts. Even as crazy and careful as I am, I have to admit I regularly leave my kids in the car to pump gas, run that letter to the mailbox fifteen feet away or drop something off to a neighbor. Hello!? We all do! I am a great mom and would never do anything to put my kids in danger. What a sad situation. I can feel for both sides of this debate. I have seen children that were clearly left unattended while the parent was inside shopping and in those situations I have approached the parent or in a few situations even contacted the authorities. In this woman's situation, I may have likely done the same thing - although not in the heat of the summer because my "what if" syndrome would kick in and remind me that the possibility exists that I may not return to my child for some unforeseen reason and her life would be over. (see where Ashlee gets her drama)
We must remember that there are always consequences for our actions - sometimes good and sometimes bad. But this particular situation seems just simply - unfortunate.
Love to hear your thoughts - especially you parents out there! Take care and let's all be careful.