By Penny on She Picks Up Pennies
Last week, I saw a mom at a distance walking with a toddler, a dog, and a toddler push car as I drove home from work.
My heart melted. I smiled at the scene. My son has the same car. In fact, I was headed home so that I could become that mom—sans dog—in a matter of minutes.
But as I drove closer, the moment transformed from an instant of sweet recognition to something else.
I watched as the mom entered a crosswalk, and everything soured. The dog sat down and refused to budge. The toddler launched herself onto the ground. As the mom tried to scoop up the toddler, the dog’s leash became more and more taut. The dog stayed.
There was an SUV in front of me driven by a mom shuttling around a group of adolescents. We were both stopped less than one hundred feet from this scene in the crosswalk. I sat in my car, silently rooting on the mom and praying that my own walk later that day wouldn’t result in a similar scene…Read On