- I went grocery store shopping one day after work. When I walked into the store there was what looked like a manager and 3 very upset kids. The kids were getting in trouble for shoplifting. The oldest was probably 12 or 13, the next child was about 8 or 9, and the youngest was about 4 or 5. I had a hard time removing the situation from my mind. Thankfully they were called into a back room. Otherwise I would have just stood there watching with my mouth 1/2 hung open.
When I went to check out, the cashier was lacking in his professional skills. He kept saying, "I hope we don't get in trouble for their kids shoplifting!" The parents and cops were in the store. Just by watching I think the cops were called first, and the parents were called second. That's the order they came in anyhow. I was thinking the whole time, Where are the parents? I wouldn't let Mica run around with Isaak at those ages with a 4 or 5 year old. Yes the kids were old enough to know better, but had the parents been there the whole scenario could have been avoided. It looked like the parents were paying for their kids, the youngest child was out of the office with their parents, and the older kids were getting talked to by the cops. They came out with tears running down their faces.
It was all handled how I would handled the given situation, but I would have taken them into the back office right away. The cashier should have known to be discreet about the situation. They need to be trained for more than just checking out groceries.
- This wasn't the first time I was shaken by kids getting in trouble. When I lived in Savannah, Georgia I was a Book Buddy for an elementary school. I walked in, and a cop, or guard had a kid's face pushed down on the floor. Drool and tears were running down their face onto the ground. I was really shaken by that scene because A) I wasn't expecting it. B) I didn't know what the child did to deserve such treatment. C) I wondered why they just couldn't have their hands behind their back? Why was their face pushed hard on the ground? I so wanted to ask.
- We went to a La Mesa Mexican restaurant. It was a the first time we were handed 3 adult menus without us asking. Mica's growing up! He ordered a taco salad.
- Mica's big into saying, "Brah", which is slang for "Bro", which is slang for "Brother". A slang within a slang. He called me, "Brah" once and I replied with, "I'm not your Brah! Call me Mother, Mom, Ma or if you have to Mah." Brah sounds like Bra. What slang words can you not stand?
- My next art piece was going to be an owl that's in the city, and can't sleep. He/she will look super annoyed at all the city noises. I want to use a background that's all rainy, and dark. Then I thought about the fact that owls are nocturnal. I might have to change it slightly to show some daylight.