Mo and I were on our way home the other day and as we drove down the high street, Mo said she wanted something from a shop. She pulled up, got out of the car and disappeared into the shop. My sister was in the car with me and suddenly said, “What’s going on there?” I turned to look and was totally amazed at what unfolded.
A young mother, probably in her twenties, was inside a fish & chip shop with the door open. She was removing the clothing from her daughter. The little girl was about six years old (possibly seven) and was wearing a kind of dance outfit. She removed everything, including her shoes. She was stark naked! The little girl then calmly walked out of the shop and onto the busy high street. She stopped in front of the shop windows and spread her legs.
“What on earth is she doing? Why has her mother stripped her naked?”
It didn’t take long for us to see that she was actually standing and peeing! When she was finished, she walked calmly back into the shop, leaving behind a huge pool on the pavement and her mother put her clothes back on her. It seemed to us, that she had done this before. She showed no inhibitions at all, and that was the scary part. She was quite relaxed about being naked in front of a lot of strangers and on a main shopping street.
I had my iPhone handy, but there was no way I wanted to be arrested as a paedophile by taking a photo. I don’t think “It was for a blog post” would have sufficed as an excuse.
We sat, with our mouths open, in total disbelief! Why didn’t the mother ask to use the shops loo, if it was that urgent? Was she not concerned at all for her child’s safety? Did she think it was acceptable to pee all over the pavement and right outside a food shop? Could she not have come out and helped her daughter to do it discreetly somewhere, away from the shop front?
What chance have the next generation got with parenting skills like that?