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For visually challenged reader, the image shows two lego mini-figures sitting on pavement. Batman has a ice cone and Superman has an ice lolly!
By Tessa Dean July 2021
Why didn’t we get toys some child screamed across the square. An adult, probably a parent is trying to hush the child to no avail. “I want a toy too! Why didn’t we get one, Mommy?”
“I don’t know sweetheart, but we can go back and ask, please stop crying. OUCH! Why did you kick me? I said we would go ask, now be quiet or I won’t take you back there.”
I looked down at my two children happily playing with their toys rather than eating their ice cream, which had begun melting. I tried to get them to gather their stuff so we could go because I didn’t want to be confronted by the mother of the screaming child.
They arrived before we had a chance to get away so I listened to the conversation with the store’s owner. “Why didn’t my child get a toy like those two right after us?” she asked, while holding onto her screaming child.
“I am sorry ma’am, but the sign says that we are having a promotion and every tenth child will get a toy. Since there were two of them I had to give them each one and now I start counting kids again until I hit ten again.”
I turned to the store owner and said, “She is right and that isn’t fair to her child. Give them a toy and if you don’t have enough after that for all the kids in line I suggest you stop giving them out at all. This is no way to run a business.”
“Are you crazy?” she shouted at the store’s owner. “You can’t give toys to only a few children. That is not fair. I demand a toy for my child.” She was past being polite as that answer would anger any parent and I as the receiver of the toys felt bad for that child. I couldn’t take them away from my children though or they would all be crying. I turned to the woman and apologized and told her that I agreed wholeheartedly with her. I could take them from my children, but I couldn’t see having three crying children.
The owner was about to argue, but by now more of the parents in the area were listening to the shouting and he threw up his hands in disgust. “Fine, here is your toy, now take that crying brat away from here, you’re ruining my business.”
Murmuring started behind them and the rest of the people in line all left telling everyone behind them what was going on. The perplexed owner stood there watching his line of customers and their children leave. It was plain from his expression that he didn’t believe what just happened.
Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses
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