I was at the mall today, and stopped into a store I love to get a very specific item for tonight (thigh-hi fishnets, for RHPS
). While I was sorting through the stockings, looking for the right style and size, I noticed that my son, who was in his wagon (it's small, and he likes it much better than a stroller - and so do I!), was playing with a boy who was about 3 or 4ish.
I looked around and noticed a woman keeping an eye on the boy, so I didn't think much of it. A clerk offered to check the computer to see if what I was looking for was even in the store, and while she was doing so, the boy continued to play with my son, but his mother disappeared towards the dressing rooms. I was a little startled, but it's a small store and I thought that surely she wouldn't be trying on clothing while her child was out here. But she was.
I paid for my stockings and started to leave, and the boy tried to follow me out of the store. I stopped him and told him he needed to stay with his mother, who had still not reappeared (it had now been at least 10 minutes since I'd see her). He replied with "But I don't know where she is. Can I ride too?" I hovered near the front of the store for a couple more minutes, because I didn't want to leave him all alone or have him try to follow me out of the store, and when the woman finally came out of the dressing rooms, she wandered over to me. This is where it got weird. Keep in mind, up 'till now, this woman had never said a word to me, and I've never seen her before in my life.
Crazy lady: Oh, are you leaving?
CL: Oh (looks disappointed) I was hoping you'd watch him so I could finish shopping.
No, I'm afraid that won't be possible.
She rolled her eyes, grabbed her (very well behaved, I might add) son's hand, and huffed back towards the dressing rooms. I was boggled, and sorely tempted to mention it to mall security, but since she'd taken charge of her child again (for now) I didn't think there was much they could do. I wish I'd had the foresight to tell her that yes, I'd watch her child, for $20 an hour, and she'd have to throw in extra for all of us to get lunch