Bye Bye Buggy Indeed

See this buggy? Cute isn't it?

I saw one yesterday for the first time on my way to school.  I couldn't stop staring.  I'd never seen one like that before.  And, it said, "bye bye buggy" on the side.  I didn't like the name but the buggy is cute.

After class, I was on my way to meet a friend.  I was at an intersection waiting to turn left.

That's me there, in the purple.  If you notice the red arrows along with red dots, that's the path that a different Bye Bye Buggy took in front of me when the WALK sign turned green.  I smiled as they passed me.  Six babies in their seats under individual umbrellas.  The day care lady had an additional kid in tow -- he was walking with a chest harness.

Those people who believe a child-harness to be unethical have never had to care for a child who is prone to bolting.  The bolter will not correct their behavior no matter how you punish them, how often, how severely, nothing.  They will take every opportunity to bolt right into traffic.  The only conscientious thing you can do is to own a chest harness and hold the leash end.  It's not lazy parenting, it's protecting the kid from themselves.

Anyway.  She crossed the street with her buggy and toddler in tow.  Cross traffic in front of me began to go on their green light.

There were no cars on my left, but several cars on my right.  I turned to look at the lady again because the buggy was just so cute with six little chubby babies all giggling and happy in their buggy seats.  I watched as she turned to adjust the toddler's trousers (he had sagging drawers).  My heart stopped when I saw her LET GO OF THE BUGGY. 

Before I go further, let me draw your attention to this image:

Look at the wheel in this picture.  Just to the inside of all four wheels is a brake peddle.  It doesn't matter where you are, you always have an accessible brake peddle.  I liked this feature, because you can lock the buggy in place.

Day care provider did not lock buggy in place.  I watched as she let go of her buggy.  I screamed through my closed windows.  The traffic to my right had already started going.  The buggy and its occupants glided right down the ramp and into the street.  They were traveling at a slight angle to the cross-walk but it really didn't matter because traffic wasn't paying attention to the other side of the intersection.  There was nothing I could do.

Except this.

I drove my car forward against a red light to block oncoming traffic from the buggy which was continuing to roll more than 2/3s the way across the street.  I slammed my brakes at the same time as the cars heading toward me to T-bone me.  There was screaming, honking, cursing and swears.  I know that happened, but honestly, I couldn't actually hear it.  My heart was pounding so loud it was all I could hear.

As the day care provider heard the commotion, she turned around and screamed.  She picked up the toddler by the chest harness and ran into the street.  I was already blocking traffic but at that point, they all thought I was just an *******.  I watched her grab the handle just as the buggy was completing its journey.  She continued forward and set the toddler on the sidewalk.  Then she continued on her way as if nothing happened.

Meanwhile, I was still white-knuckle-gripped on my steering wheel.  I think I even stalled the engine, I don't know.  When the cars I blocked saw the buggy and woman, they stopped cussing at me.  They politely motioned for me to go and get out of their way.  I limped along, still feeling like I wasn't sure if I just did that.

I don't know why I drove into the intersection because it wasn't conscious thought.  I don't know what would have happened if I had been hit.  I've been sort of freaked about it since.  One thing I can tell you is that I'm really certain my opinion of day care is correct.  I don't want to diss the conscientious providers out there, I'm sure you exist and you do a great job.  But this woman upset me.  And, the worst part of all, realizing that most likely, the parents of those seven children will never know how frighteningly close to disaster those babies were.

That scared the **** out of me.
TrustIsEarned TrustIsEarned
46-50, F
1 Response Sep 12, 2012

Wow. Every time I hear that story, I get chills. I wonder if a man (father or not) would have done that, or if it's a mom thing? I certainly *hope* we would have.<br />
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I commend your subconscious for your quick action to save those wee bairns. Hopefully, your experience will cause all of us to be a little more observant of our surroundings.<br />
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Love the visuals, BTW. :-)