Received Sunday, May 27, 2007
Was anyone else at the Park on 67th. & 1st in NYC, yesterday Saturday (5/26)-mid day. There was a boy of about 4-5 playing alone on the equipment who began crying. A mother with her own children approached the child and asked if the child was okay. The child continued to cry. The mother asked if she could help that child find his mother and he nodded yes through his sobbing. The mother then finds this child's mother who is over by the basketball courts, facing away from the playground. When the mother sees her child coming with another mother, she immediately grows irate. The nice mother starts to explain that the child was crying or needed her or something along those lines when the child's mothers starts screaming at the nice mother and slaps her across the face. There was no way for the nice mother to holler out to the child's mother as she was too far away. I am curious what prompted the child's mother to slap the nice mother across the face and additionally, I am curious why the nice mother didn't do anything in response. She sort of sulked away. I realize the nice mother had a young child of her own, a daughter I believe but I found the whole scene shocking. Maybe I don't need to know if anyone else saw this unbelievable display; I just wanted to say, you did a really nice thing and I am sorry that it turned out so horrifically for you.