Here were my
first two thoughts when I heard about the 1-year-old left by his parent for
eight hours in a cold car with Thursday, with temperatures in the teens.
1. Thank goodness the baby is all right.
2. That could have been me.
It never happened during the years I toted my now-grown boys
to day care my way to work. But when I do something out of the usual routine, I’ve
discovered it’s frighteningly easy to forget something — even your own child.
From time to time we hear about a child who dies when
forgotten in a car. My heart goes out to people who have to live with that
This time, I am so glad for the “happy ending,” yet do feel
sorry for the man who made the news for forgetting his son was bundled up in
his car seat, where he saw all day while the father was at work.
I can only imagine his relief. And how he intends to spoil
this kid for the rest of his life.
On a related note, whether the father’s identity is relevant
was the subject of a brief discussion in the newsroom today. His name hasn’t
been published (yet), though the media have reported the exact address of his
workplace. He hasn’t been charged with a crime and so his name hasn’t being
published, as of this posting.