Don't move. I'll be right back.

A tragedy happened last night. I'm sure that the twitter and Facebook users in my neck of the woods have been all over it, but since I don't do either, I'll have to blog about it.

A child was knocked down by a moving vehicle when he ran into the road. He initially suffered a broken arm, but later succumbed to his injuries, so his family is now in mourning.

His mother said that she went to the corner shop and told the child not to move. The yard where she lives is unfenced and is on a main road. The child was two years old.

Has this mother not lived long enough to know that a toddler's first impulse is to move, and that danger is something he can't begin to comprehend? Who tells a two year old to stay put (without restraint) and expects him to comply? 

I'm thinking that there was probably no one else at home. I'm thinking that she probably anticipated her hands being full with the items she went to purchase at the store. But I bet she's thinking that she should have made two trips with the toddler at her side, because now she won't ever again hold him in her arms.  

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