Two different worlds for Connecticut Moms.
We had a case of chicken pox at our high school this week. "How did this happen" asked one local town group member on Facebook. The first comment? Blame the anti-vaxxers! Dozens chimed in with hatred, vitriole, disrespect, bullying, nastiness about people they don't even know and a case of chicken pox about which they know nothing. Every jerk egged on the next jerk. Some of those same folks with "hate has no home here" signs in the their yards. I live here, I know these people.
We also had another case of a child being in a car that was stolen from the gas station. Usually in these cases, the child is found safe. The car thieves aren't looking for a kidnapping charge, if caught. Thank goodness this was a 9 year old child who was able to run back to the gas station, where her Mom had stopped late at night to put air into her tires. The teen thief jumped in and drove off with her daughter asleep in the back seat. Girl Wakes to Find Stranger Stole Mom's Car in Manchester: Police
One of my jobs is teaching martial arts. Our most basic self-defense techniques are not kicks or a punches. They are teaching students to use a heavy dose of..... common sense. We tell everyone to LOCK THE CAR when you gas up. Even if you have been going to the same gas station for 20 years. Even if the gas station is 5 minutes from your house. Especially at night. That means as you stand outside of your car at the gas pump (except you folks in NJ who still have service) your car is locked. Or in this case in Connecticut, at the air pump.
Many of the comments on Facebook were QUICK to defend the Mom. "Leave her alone! She's punished enough! Haven't you ever made a mistake?" Of course the Mom feels horrible and will regret the decision forever. It was a mistake that will haunt her. And I feel for her - Mom to Mom. We all know it was a terrible miscalculation and oversight. Still, her daughter could have been killed.
But, think about any and every time you heard of a Mom who chose not to vaccinate her child fully. Whoooeeee! The hammer comes down like Thor getting up on the wrong side of a poorly built IKEA bed. Why is is that some Moms get a pass and some get kicked in the ass?