You’re doing it wrong

Will Truman doesn’t remember asking for advice, but:

There was an older couple of ladies behind me in line at the supermarket making goo-goo eyes at the baby. When we were outside, one of them informed — not in those precise words — that I was handling the unloading process wrong.

My process is: Take the cart to the car, unload the groceries, return cart, take baby from cart and carry her with me back to the car.

Her order was: Put the baby in the car, start the car with the air conditioning or heater on, unload cart, and then return the cart.

When I was small enough to ride in the cart, there was no chance the parents would leave me in the car for more than a couple of seconds: I’d lunge for the controls. And there being nothing even close to child restraints in those days, I’d almost certainly reach them.


  1. McGehee »

    17 January 2014 · 4:28 pm

    Well, I saw this today and chuckled — I’ve been living dangerously by doing it without a permission slip.

    I wonder if Will’s already seen that tweet?

  2. fillyjonk »

    18 January 2014 · 10:25 am

    Not a parent, but I’d probably follow Will’s procedure if I were. I have a feeling that if I had a kid, I’d have major worries about Letting Him (or Her) Out Of My Sight, Even For a Moment.

    There are rare but hair-raising cases of cars that have been left running with a child in them being stolen as the parent steps away for “just a moment.” In most cases, the child is found unharmed, but still.

  3. jsallison »

    18 January 2014 · 2:33 pm

    Leave grandmunchkin I’m responsible for in a car unattended? Not only no but hell no. Daughter (9 at the time) put car in gear when she was nine and the only reason she didn’t ride it over a cliff to a 30′ drop was the wood pile it plowed into at the end of the driveway.

  4. Will Truman »

    18 January 2014 · 7:02 pm

    I hadn’t seen that tweet, glad to have a permission slip!

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