This happened to me about 30 years ago. I attended the wedding of a male college friend. The bride, D, did not like me and never had. It was a sweltering summer day, very humid and in the 90s. The wedding was in a historic chapel with lots of marble and stained glass.
I was seated on the center aisle near the back of the chapel. Just before the processional, a bridesmaid that I had never met rushed up to me and plopped her 2-year-old daughter in the pew next to me. She said, “D told me you would watch her during the ceremony”. She then rushed off to join the processional.
The little girl that I will call C immediately burst into tears. I don’t blame her. She didn’t know me, and her Mommy had just left her there. I tried to comfort her, but before I could take her out of the chapel, the processional started. I couldn’t leave with C unless I went out in the middle of the wedding party. Little C in her lacy pink dress was screaming by that time. As D passed by, she just glared. D knew that I was not comfortable with small children. I like kids, I’m just not very good with them.
As soon as the bride passed, I scooped up poor little C and took her outside the chapel doors. The narthex was also marble, so the screams were echoing and deafening. My only choice was to take her outside, so we wouldn’t disturb any more of the ceremony. I walked down the street about a block to make sure we were far enough away. It was stifling hot. I was looking for a store or public place with air conditioning, so we could cool off. No luck. After about 45 minutes, I walked back to the chapel. By this time, C and I were dripping wet and stuck together. I think she also had a wet diaper, but it was hard to tell. Even if I could have found a place to change her diaper, I didn’t have a diaper bag or any supplies.
I finally gave C back to her Mom. My dress was ruined, wet and sticking to me. Both C and I were dripping with sweat. I didn’t know who to be more disgusted with, D or the mother who dumped her scared child on a total stranger. 0502-18