With family in town we are still celebrating Christmas over here! Yesterday I was hanging out with my aunt Bibi who, with so few years between us is more like a sister than my aunt. We took our girls to the “Eggies” play area at Willow Bend Mall. We were just visiting with each other and enjoying watching our girls play when suddenly our attention is drawn to a little 3 year old boy who could have been the poster child for Riddlin. He is running full speed ahead, caution to the wind as fast as he can, leaping in the air, flinging himself all over the play area. He is leaving a wake of crying babies and angry parents. There is hardly a person that he hasn’t hit, kicked, jumped on or knocked over. Parent’s begin to throw their bodies over their babies when they see him coming. At one point he jumps into the giant cup of coffee where three other boys about his age are playing. Scared for their safety they begin to hiss and growl at him. Undeterred he knocks one of them over and leaps out to continue his reign of terror. Bibi and I are sitting on the bench. We’ve been commenting for 10 minutes. “OH MY GOSH!” “Did you see that, he just took a running leap over that baby and nearly landed on him!! That’s the third time he’s knocked over that cute little Asian boy!! Where are his parents?” GASP!! “I guess nobody wants to claim him – Ha Ha!! At that moment, he runs in front of us. He waves at the woman sitting right next to me on the bench and pauses just long enough to say “Hi MOM” before he takes off running again!
I know what you are thinking. “April you are a horrible person, you should have given that poor woman ever last dollar in your purse and crawled away.” Well, normally I would agree with you but listen to this. I was telling John this story when he stopped me and said “Did that little boy have black curly hair? Yes! Did his mom have long dark hair? Yes!! Yes!! I said. “Oh my gosh, they were there last time I took the girls to the play area and that little boy would knock the kids down and then stand over them while they were crying and start shoving them.” His mom never did anything!!”