Yesterday, I got off the underground train (tube) and the train filled quickly with new passengers. The train doors shut and there was only me and two small children left on the platform. Their parents made it on the train but they did not. Fear and panic set in immediately from both children. The look on the parents faces cut through my heart. As a parent, I knew every emotion they were experiencing as they stared at their children helplessly. They frantically tried to open the doors but the were locked as the train was preparing to leave. The mother was mouthing instructions to stay put they’d be back. I was mouthing, I’ll stay with them until you return. The father had a look of “not in this lifetime will I leave my children on a subway platform with a stranger” The children were starting to cry. Just as the train began to roll, the father slammed his hand on the emergency stop button. The train came to a screeching halt. What seemed like an eternity, the doors finally opened and the children were rejoined with their parents. PARENTS, HOLD YOUR CHILD’S HAND! This family looked to be tourists in a foreign country, in a very crowded London at the start of the Olympics! Masses of people were everywhere. This story could have ended tragically. GRAB THOSE HANDS AND DON’T LET GO!!!! PLEEEEEASE!
Forget mind the gap….MIND YOUR CHILDREN so you can watch them grow up! This could have happened to anyone, including me. Whew! It really made me stop and think. I hope it makes you stop and think too!
So happy all ended well….