A Sad Scene

I was leaving the Dollar Store with Sean this afternoon and saw a a mom and teenage daughter yelling at each other while we were walking by them to our car. The mother slapped her teenage daughter in the face, a younger daughter ran into the store, and while the mother and teenager were having it out, a younger son came out of the van to try to help his mom. She yelled at him and asked him what he wanted. He said “I was just trying to help you, mom”. She screamed at him, “I don’t need your help, punk… you’re just a little punk!” Then she turned around to scream at her teenage daughter some more. The little boy ran over to a light pole and sat down. Then his mom kept screaming, “Junior, get in the van! Junior, get back in the van!”… over and over again. The boy was just sitting at the light pole crying, and he refused to get back into the van. I wouldn’t have wanted to get into the van either. I tried to get Sean into the car as fast as I could… I didn’t want him seeing that kind of behavior. I was wishing that I could do something to help, but I had no idea what to do, so I got in the car and went home, but my heart was just aching for those kids. What would you have done?

2 replies on “A Sad Scene”

I would have gone back in the store and called the cops. Social Services need to intervene. Behaviour like that sounds like it’s common thing in their household.
I guess I should put some important numbers in my phone. 911 isn’t always the right one.
Those poor kids. They’ll prob grow up to be more screwed up than me.

In all fairness I’d like to state a fact… that NO ONE is perfect! No one has the right to be judged by anyone, because beneath the surface of what you see… are pains that you DON’T see. Calling social services isn’t always the ANSWER. You could actually end up hurting the family as a whole, including the kids. If this woman was beating them down and they were bruised and bleeding, that’s another story. As a child of God, we are given the gift to be a LIGHT to others. Not judge them and walk away. I would have tried to diffuse the situation by asking the mother, if SHE needed help. Even something as small as, “Excuse me ma’am, I was just wondering if you’ve ever been to (name your church)? I am a member of the church and it is so great knowing that there are people who care about you and are willing to carry your burden with you. I’m not sure what’s going on right now, but perhaps we can pray about this and everyone will feel better?” Sounds kind of fake or crazy? Well… it’s better than assuming the worst in a person who is simply HUMAN and needs HELP! How do you help someone by first judging them as unworthy of your time and then feel heartache about it later? I’m sorry, I’ll be the first to admit that I have flaws as a parent… and I’ve yelled at my children, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not worthy of being a mother. Nor does it mean that God has already given me up to hell. It really irritates me when people pass judgement, but yet don’t try to do something about what they see. Be a LIGHT… don’t leave them in the darkness!

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