I couldn’t believe I had done this. My daughter was such a quiet baby I never gave it a second thought that she was with me. I had such a fast paced life with 3 small kids I never thought of myself being spacey or too busy, but I learned that day it can happen to ANYONE!! I had a schedule I stuck to for us and on this one day I got a monkey wrench thrown into it and almost caused a horrific tragedy. All of this because I was so distracted and running late. I learned that day to slow down for the sake of my family.
We are so quick to judge and crucify these parents when they are punishing themselves for a tragic mistake they’ve made and they have to live with for the rest of their lives. We are so distracted with our jobs, kids, schools, sports, all sorts of activities and if we aren’t doing it all we are being judged constantly. Unless you have been in a situation like this, no one should be judging. We should have compassion and come together as a whole to help each other so these mistakes don’t happen anymore. Alarms would be great to go off when a child is left in a turned off car. There are lots of things we can do together to help but being so incredibly judgmental should not be our first instinct.
My heart and prayers go out to the father and mother who tragically lost their child. I also pray the other father finds it in himself to forgive his mistake. I hope he takes this as a HUGE sign to slow down his fast paced life. The most important thing in his life is sitting in the backseat of his car.