Never have I felt so helpless as a human being. I was in the megabus line, waiting to depart towards NY and in front of me was a family: A mother listening to music and swiping through her phone while her two elementary school kids wrestled with each other as her toddler watched on. As brother chased his sister around, the many pink and white beads in her hair swung strongly and some fell to the ground. The toddler continued to watch on as his brother and sister picked beads up from the ground and started flinging them into the air.
Their mother had meanwhile only interjected “shut up”, or “sit the hell down” but when her kids only grew more rowdy, she suddenly charged at them. That was when she smacked her daughter right around her eye, while she pushed her son to the ground. They almost fell over on me, but I was numb. I’ll never forget the boy’s face as he sat stunned on the ground. His sister was crying loudly, obvious pain in her tears. They were both terrified and had clearly been hit this way before.
I’ve never felt so powerless. It was a clear act of CHILD ABUSE. But I have to admit, I was terrified to speak up. My mind was racing through any possible actions I could take, but in my cowardice nothing happened. I wanted so much to speak and be heard. And not in my usual selfish way where I thought my words were important and that others would benefit from taking heed, but in that my silence would keep those kids with a mother who didn’t seem to hesitate in abusing them.
Domestic violence is different from discipline.
I was spanked as a child, and I think I am the better for it. But this girl could have walked away with a black eye. And what if we hadn’t been in public? Would the mother’s anger have been worse? Due to the lack of hesitation on her part in front of strangers, I have no doubt my fears have ground.
The world is so broken.
I am so fortunate to have grown up in a loving home.
SCHOOL NEEDS TO HAPPEN. NOW I JUST NEED TO DECIDE WHAT PROGRAM TO GIVE ALL MY MONEY TO.
ugh i wish i was an engineer…doing a masters in AI would be amazing. but maybe i can only manage HCI?