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Thankful for good brakes

We were recently at a local favorite ice cream shop in Newport, Vermont.

It is located on the main street of town, on the corner of a parking lot. The seating for the customers in in a section of the parking lot. To get to it, you have to cross the entrance area into the parking lot.

It was a very busy night, the tables and benches were all full and children were everywhere. All of a sudden a green car whipped around the corner, from the street into the parking lot and slammed on its brakes. My mom and I happened to be facing the direction of the parking entrance and immediately took in the situation.

There had been a grandfather, son, and young daughter over by the edge of the building. While the two men were chatting, the little girl had wandered just a bit too far into the entranceway… and the car almost hit her. I can tell you, we were all thankful for good brakes!

When the car came to a sudden stop, the two men looked up and realized that the little girl had almost gotten hit. They were shocked. The father scooped up his daughter and the grandfather, waved and said “I’m sorry” to the driver.

As the car moved slowly into the parking lot, I could see the daddy explaining to his daughter about road safety and cars. She was only three or so. I’m not sure she quite grasped the concept of what had just happened.

I was watching for the driver to head over to the ice cream shop. I considered going over to thank him for his keen observation skills and quick reactions. It was a few minutes before I saw him. He and his girlfriend approached the men to ask if the little girl was okay. Then he shook both of their hands and the pair went to the ice cream window.

The driver was visibly shook up. It must have been a very scary moment for him and probably took those few minutes to get himself together. Can you imagine? This story could have had a much different ending.

It’s the height of summer. Children sometimes are so wrapped up in being kids and enjoying themselves that they are not aware of the dangers around them. It is up to the adults to ensure the safety of the children in our lives.
• Parents: keep a close eye on your children. Help them stay safe.
• Drivers: stay alert. You never know when a child might step out in front on your car.

We are all thankful that the driver of the green car was looking where he was going and that his car had good brakes.

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Parenting Coach in the Raleigh area.*

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