A quick reaction means My Boy is okay.
There we were, walking home from school. My Boy was a good 5-6 metres ahead of me, because, as you know, it’s not always cool to walk beside your Mum.
Part of our route home goes past the parking lot of a dairy/corner store. My Boy stopped at the edge of the footpath/sidewalk where the parking lot begins, checked for cars, and once he saw it was safe, started walking across.
He was about half-way across the footpath that was also the entry for the dairy when a car came speeding up the road and started turning into the dairy. The driver saw My Boy walking, HONKED (!!), and then SPED UP (!!!) to enter the dairy parking lot.
My fast-thinking Boy had just enough time to jump backwards, out of the way of the car.
You’re darned right that when I got there the driver of the car (parking in a stall by the time I got there) got an earful from me. I didn’t swear, though. My children were with me.
Two more seconds was all My Boy needed to get out of the entry of the dairy. Two more seconds. And this driver wasn’t prepared to give him that.
Their response? Besides telling me (and my children) to F off repeatedly?
“I honked! He should’ve got out of the way!”
You want me to Mama Bear? Believe me, I can Mama Bear very well. They got a growling, loudly.
My Boy was scared, and thought about having a wee cry about it all, but when he sorted out that I wasn’t mad at him (he, after all, had done what he was supposed to do, and kept his wits around him well enough to get out of the way, quickly!!) he was fine.
I didn’t have the presence of mind to get their rego/license plate at the time, but luckily for me, once I had been reminded by some friends, when I went back, they were still there.
You bet I reported them, even though I have no idea what that will do. (I suspect nothing except make me feel like I had done something about it!!) I had a few words to the primary school principal, too, so that we could warn other parents about the dairy crossing. This was the scariest close call, but not the first, we’d seen there.
We’re going to be walking up and around by the dairy on our way home from school tonight, and not on the footpath. Hopefully we’ll be safer there.