Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Friday, September 4, 2009


I'm a little envious of those with walk in tubs right now as I could just lay in one, head submerged, for a long time today. As a kid I always enjoyed the quiet of being under water. When we would go to the pool, I would just sit (or float) under water until I needed air, come up for air, and go back under. It really was an extremely peaceful experience. My tub will not allow this and I could really use it. Let me tell you why...

Have you heard about the man (stranger) who repeatedly slapped a 2 year old at Wal-Mart? The toddler was crying and the man told the mother to shut her up or he would. The mother didn't get her child to stop crying so the man approached and slapped the child, at least 4 times. He is now in jail. No one knows at this point how he got close enough to the child to do this and some are blaming the mother.

My headache is being caused by posters in different forums about this incident. Some think the mother is to blame for allowing her 2 year old to cry at a store. This is ridiculous. Others are going off on tangents about Columbine, gang shootings and other tragic events claiming it's all lack of discipline in today's youth. While I agree that some parents could do a better job in controlling their children (and I don't think that should be the debate here) We're talking about a 2 year old who was crying. Kids cry. Sure the mother could have taken her child and left the store, but I don't think she should have to. And it's Wal-mart. Aren't those stores pretty big? Was the man following them? Did he happen to need the same things in the same aisles? Could he not have been a little more understanding and shopped a different section?

I made a personal decision 6 years ago to NOT shop at Wal-mart (no offense to those that do). My first born was a couple months old and Hubster had to return something. He loves Wal-mart. While he was standing in the long return line at 9 o'clock on a Friday evening, Boogie and I were just strolling through the store. I witnessed so many parents physically "disciplining" their own children in a manner that made me ill that I had to leave before I slapped one (parent...not child). It was then that I decided that Wal-mart was not the place for me. While I'm out outraged that this event took place, the fact that it happened at Wal-mart does not shock me at all and just reinforces my decision not to shop there.

So, anyone got a big tub they want to share?

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