I was at the park with my friend Michelle (The Cool Girl From The Gym) and her two kids this afternoon and we saw this little girl, maybe a year, fall. She was crying and nobody ran to get her, so my old lifeguard instincts kicked in and I went over to pick her up. She was upset enough that she let a stranger take her. I was holding her walking around looking for her mom, thinking it was odd that a one-year-old would be unsupervised like this.
Finally, a man who had been sitting there the whole time came forward, reached for her and said, "She's fine."
I handed her to him and thought it a little odd that her father (I'm assuming that's who he was) had watched her cry and had done nothing. I thought it even odder that he had watched a stranger take his child and not spoken out. Maybe he thought he was toughening her up by letting her cry, but does a one-year-old who is crying because she has fallen need to be ignored by her own father?