So one young check out girl in particular in Walmart commented that I was "the meanest mom she's ever seen". And this has stuck with me for the last three years or so. I am amazed that with all of the parenting styles that are on display in the checkout line of Walmart, I would somehow rank as Meanest. I mean, sure, sometimes I'm not as structured as I'd like, or I let my kids eat Swedish Fish before noon or give in to to an occasional toy request. That I can own. But Meanest? I have pondered that quietly in my heart.
Imagine my delight- and horror- as I read this story in my local paper on Tuesday about a mom in Tennessee who definitely ranks as Meaner than Me. The sense of vindication was amazing.
Here's the story:
"Police have charged a woman who they say used a car seat with an infant inside to
hit a Wal-Mart employee.
...Camilla Fields of Memphis was charged with felony child abuse and neglect and assault.
A police report from the Wednesday incident says Fields was confronted by a security guard about shoplifting. Police say she threw the seat and ran, causing the baby to land face down on the pavement. A paramedic treated the baby until the child regained consciousness.
The child's mother, Stacy Cleaves, was also charged with false reporting and child neglect."
So take that, young checkout girl at my local Wal-Mart from three and a half years ago! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Victory is MINE!