The Face of Neglect

22 Jun

Dear Completely Unobservant and Neglectful Mother from Newcastle Beach Park on Thursday,


Seriously, lady. Just wow.

When my sister and I, who by the way were sitting next to the play area in order to keep an eye on our children, first noticed your daughter in one of the toddler swings, we didn’t think much of it.

But we quickly realized that this poor girl, who couldn’t have been over eighteen months old, was just hanging in the swing without anyone pushing her. As we started to wonder who she belonged to, I noticed that other mothers in the area were obviously wondering the same thing.

Your daughter, dangling and frustrated in the toddler swing, called out for you to come save her, but where were you? Sunning yourself? Painting your nails? Apparently whatever you were doing was far more important than making sure your daughter didn’t (1) hurt herself or (2) get fucking abducted by some child molester.

Did you realize that you left her there hanging for somewhere between five and ten minutes? Do you realize that you are fucking lucky that I didn’t call the police on your ass when I was worried that maybe you had forgotten your daughter at the park? Did you see that my sister and I were seconds away from rescuing your sweet little girl ourselves when you ran up, giggling like an idiot, to push your daughter on the swing.

And I really hope you saw the shock and rage in our faces when you pushed your daughter’s swing and then started to walk away again. Are you fucking retarded?!?! The day your sweet little girl gets abducted by some crazy person because you leave her to fend for herself, I will be the first one on the phone to the police to tell them what a horrible parent you are.

I swear to God that if you would’ve left your daughter a second time, you would’ve had to stop at the grocery store on the way home to pick up some Depends because my sister and I would’ve ripped you a new asshole, yo.

I hope for your child’s sake that you realize what a neglectful parent you are and actually start watching your children instead of expecting strangers to do it.

The Woman Glaring and Swearing at You Under her Breathe at the Beach Park

Song title The Face of Neglect by Ghost of a Fallen Age

4 Responses to “The Face of Neglect”

  1. Jaci @ Ravings of a Mad Housewife June 22, 2010 at 6:00 am #

    Argh. Hate people like that.

    And why is it they can totally ignore their kids and nothing ever happens to them…yet when I turn my back for a second that’s when my kid falls on her head and lays there SCREAMING?

    Makes you wonder how much interaction the kid gets at home when no one is watching.

  2. sissy2mom2bee June 22, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    Fo’ reals, yo. Should also mention that for the rest of our time there, we were keeping an eye on said little girl so she wouldn’t drown in Lake Washington too!

  3. Kristen June 22, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    Wow. Just wow.

    I could never act like that. Just wouldn’t sit right with me. Add in the fact that last year when we were at Newcastle Beach Park Beanie thought she was Jesus or something and attempted to walk on water. Yea, not good.

    Good thing there were other moms there to keep an eye out for that kid.

  4. Betts June 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    I can push a swing with one hand, hold a wine glass with the other, and carry on a conversation with a friend. Has she never heard of multi-tasking?

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