Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Yesterday I was at the bus stop with Shari at 5th & James and I saw a little boy who was two years old, he couldn't have been three yet, and his mom was yelling at him. She told him to stand in one place and not move. He took a little step to the side, like two year olds do. She yanked his arm and yelled at him "If you don't stand still I'm going to pull your motherfucking pants down and spank your motherfucking ass right here" and I pulled her off of him and said "Don't talk to him that way!" She picked him up and said "I'll talk to him however I want, you back the fuck off!" and she walked away with him. I followed her and said "You shouldn't talk to him like that, you need to take care of him!" and she said "I do take care of him, bitch!" and she took some steps towards me. I hoped she would hit me so that the police would have to take a report and her son could go into protective custody, because if she does that to him on the street at a busy bus stop, what does she treat him like at home? We were in front of the jail and there should have been cops around somewhere but there were none. She didn't hit me though and started walking away. I followed her and said "He's totally helpless, you can't treat him like that" and she said "Shut the fuck up, bitch!" I said "He's a sweet boy, you need to be sweet to him." I was totally yelling at her and her little boy looked back at me while he was being carried away and I wanted to grab him. She set him down and yanked his arm so hard as she went around the corner. I followed her and looked up the hill to where she was at another bus stop and she saw me and grabbed the boy again and went around another corner where I couldn't see her. I wonder if I made it worse for that little boy, I wonder if she took it out on him later, she already said extra bad words in front of him while she was yelling at me and she yanked his arm a couple times to get him away from me. I hate that for him so much. This is how mental illness and downward spirals start because when you're taught from so young that you're not worth anything you believe it.