I heard on the news this a.m. that a woman in Maryland was arrested for driving with her three young children in the trunk.
Now of course this caught my attention. And no, I wasn't appalled. I mean, don't get me wrong. It's not something I would do. (besides the minivan doesn't exactly make this worthwhile) It is tempting though. I could see where someone would do it.
AND she said the children ASKED to ride in the trunk.
If any of you without children are thinking, "No way?"
You would be so wrong.
Ask any mother and I bet she tells you the children have asked to ride in the trunk. Okay, maybe not if you have girls. I wouldn't know. But I know my boys would LOVE a chance to ride in the trunk. And yes, they have asked.
All of you outraged parents - picture the scene:
"Mooooom. I want to ride in the trunk."
"No sweetie, it's not safe."
"Pleeeease? Pleeease? Pleeeease?"
"Just for a little bit?"
whine, whine, etc, etc. times 3 children.
In the parental fantasy you pull over throw them in the trunk and drive the rest of the way to your destination.
In the parental nightmare you get in an accident or pulled over by the police. This is what is really keeping you from letting them ride in the trunk - which is otherwise a win-win situation.
This woman let the fantasy win. Then her nightmare came true.
And I saw the video of them getting out of the trunk. Two of the kids were not all that young. They were all perfectly fine. And luckily mom only got community service. Because really, would sending her to jail serve any real purpose? Would it help the kids at all? No. She made a bad judgment call. Let the kids get to her. She will never do such a thing again. I firmly believe this. Her kids will probably never ask to do anything so stupid again. And one, "remember when I was arrested for letting you do something stupid?" comment and I'm sure they'd stop dead in their tracks.
What do you think?