August 18, 2006
If you have a little boy about 14-20mos, brown eyes and curly dark hair name Jack (or know anyone who does), please read! Today morning (about 11am to noon)at Broomfield Paul Derda Rec Center I noticed a little boy name Jack, wearing greyish blue summer overalls, who was ALONE, wondering around in the Jungle Room. No one talked to him or played with him, and when he saw other children drinking from a bottle or a cup, he would follow them, reaching for the cup and crying. I repeatedly asked outloud :"Where is your mommy?" and when noone replied, directly asked two young ladies (I guess teenagers, early twenties) and after smirking and giggling, one pointed at another and said: "She watches him." "I don't know if he is hungry, but he points at the cup and cries". "He always cries", and she finally got up, roughly picked him up and said coldly "stop crying". Careless, careless nanny for someone else's baby who was obviously hungry! My heart was breaking, but her attitude was "and what are you going to do about it?" I wish I knew Jack's parents so I can tell them how lonely and hurt their child seemed. I would hate for this to be my babysitter. If she is acting like that in public, who knows... She was obviously annoyed with a child. I truly hope I am wrong in my assumption. This message is my way of "doing something" for little Jack, and may be it will reach his parents.
Note: The person who originally posted this thought to use Craig's list too. And she got a response and posted this follow up:
Thank you everyone for caring and for all warm e-mails I received. The best part - it worked! I am happy the "other" girl read my posting and agreed that Jack was not properly watched. When she talks to Jack's parents, they will decide the best way to handle it.
Good to know that so many people cared and would do the same - that makes the world a better place for our children. Thank you, again.