I may lose some friends posting this…

November 18th, 2007 by cathy

but I LOVE having a harness for my son. He wants so badly to be independent, but he’s still so little that he doesn’t always listen to me. Really, he NEVER listens to me. He never wants to be in a stroller, and god forbid if I want to hold his hand.

Today, I went to the Monroe Community Hospital for their Harvest Craft Fair with my mom, grandmother, sister and Jack. Jack was full of beans while we were there. He was into everything, even with the harness. My sister was holding him as he pulled and she overheard a (youngish) woman saying, “How horrible, they’re children, not animals! That’s disgusting.” How dare she?! Soon after, we were talking to a vendor (who was a grandmother) and she mentioned that she loved those harnesses. She stated that she would rather know that the child was safe and close by, rather than let him run free. She said that it was especially important during these times because there are just so many terrible people out there. Plus they could easily wriggle out of your hand and run into the street.

I completely agreed with everything she said! Why then, did it still sort of hurt to hear what the other woman said? I’ll try not to let it bother me, since I won’t stop using the harness, but it still upsets me that people can’t see how wonderful they are. I don’t go almost anywhere without my harness. I just feel safer.

Oh well, we can’t make everyone happy, can we?

3 Responses to “I may lose some friends posting this…”

  1. cathy Says:

    Today, meaning Friday. I was busy listening to the audio book, and I didn’t have time to finish my post. Oh, well. ITs all done!

  2. Patty Says:

    I’m betting that youngish woman has never had a child, much less a toddler. And I would also bet that when she does, she’ll either eat her words or be one of those oblivious moms who thinks her child having a screaming hissy fit on the floor of a department store is adorable. I say, if a harness works to keep your kid safe and out of mischief, it’s cool.

  3. Pat Says:

    We had one for Hannah for all the reasons you stated. There were even a couple of times when we got into a crowded situation, she looked at us and said “I need my handholder.” I’m guessing she felt safer with it also.

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