How Many Children Will Die In Hot Cars This Summer?

A news story out of Houston caught my attention and made my blood boil. Two children were left in a hot car while their mother was getting her hair styled. Bystanders broke through the window to get the children out. Thank heaven, the children are fine. The good Samaritans did not call the police at the request of the mother. I don’t know what enrages me more – the children left in the car or the fact that NO ONE called the police?

Who the FRIK leaves her kids in the car while she gets a haircut?!?! She didn’t forget that her kids were in the car. This was completely intentional. Social Services needs to visit this home. This mother has proved that she makes serious errors in judgment – the kind that hurt people. All I can do is pray for that mother in hopes that she never does something so asinine again, for the sake of her children.

I once walked up to two children sitting in the cab of a U-Haul on a 90° blistery, summer day. I can still see those children’s faces. One was a little girl, not even 3 years old. The other child was a 6 month old, suckling a bottle, in a white onesie. The windows were rolled all the way down. I ran into TJ Maxx and asked them to make an announcement for the driver of the U-Haul truck to come out. Not wanting to leave the kids alone, I ran back out to the truck to wait for the parent. I had no clue what I was going to do. Do I call police? Do I pick up the children and take them inside? I then realized that the parking lot was full and wondered how many jerk-holes walked past these children and did nothing? The mom came out within moments. She was in tears. She was so grateful to me for looking out for her babies and remorseful that she was so stupid. I had already decided to call the police but she convinced me not to.

I regret not calling the police to this very day. Now that my babies are almost all grown, I’ve learned that parents do stupid stuff. However, there is a huge difference between a parenting mistake and complete lack of judgment. The TJ Maxx mom made that choice to go shopping, in TJ Maxx, and left 2 children under the age of 3, in a U-Haul, on a frickin’ hot summer day. What part of that is a mistake? None. It was intentional and selfish and lazy. The hair-style mom and the TJ Maxx are one-in-the-same, just like Justin Ross Harris, only their children survived.

Justin Ross Harris

I looked up several other news stories and just can’t believe how often this happens. Already this year, 13 children have DIED while left in hot cars.  Last year, 44 children DIED. There is no reason for this.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Father Arrested After Leaving Baby In Car At Clayton County Courthouse

USA Today: Father Arrested After Daughter Dies In Hot Car

NBC News: ‘An Unimaginable Loss’: 13 Children Died in Hot Cars This Year

I really try to have grace in every situation. Lord knows that I need grace. I just can’t muster the grace for parents that leave their kids in hot cars to get their hair styled or to shop at TJ Maxx.

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Please Let It Go.

Did you hear the news that sweet Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam sang “Let It Go” from Frozen in a recent concert?  You can read about it here.

All I can say is, Nnnnnnoooooooo! Eddie, nooooo.

People bought tickets to see you and escape their children, not be reminded that they get to watch that stupid movie and sing that stupid song eight more times this week, especially since it’s summer break. The typical summer routine is this:

Monday – water park and Frozen.
Tuesday – craft day at library and Frozen.
Wednesday – $1 movie day, and of course, they’re playing Frozen.
ThursdayChuck E. Cheese (because they serve alcohol). Oh, and Chuck E. sings “Let It Go” just as you leave. Naturally, kids beg to watch Frozen on the car ride home.
Friday (finally) – you’re just too tired to do anything and tell kids to entertain themselves. They fight over watching Caillou (which would be a welcomed change) but Frozen won out.

Ok, so Eddie blended a chorus from “Let It Go” into his song “Daughter”. That’s cute, I guess. I heard the news report that Eddie has daughters who just LOVE Frozen. Fine. I get it. They’re his motivation.

Well, I’ll try not to judge him harshly. I sang the Barney song. Every. Single. Day. when The Boy was growing up. I died a little each time. So much so that the girls never watched a single episode under my watch.

I know Frozen is a big deal. I wonder how many of this year’s VBS themes will be “Frozen”. You can bet cold, hard cash that I won’t be a volunteer for any of those. No way. Not at all. Nope. Eddie, you didn’t have to join the Frozen bandwagon too.

And Eddie, if I make it to one of your concerts, please don’t sing it again. My kids are older now. I don’t have to cater to children’s whims any more. Just let me rock out to “Nothingman”. It’ll be like the 90s all over again.