I am not a huge fan of summer.
I strongly dislike being hot.
I sweat a lot. My perspiration production goes into overdrive when the temperature soars.
For me, there is nothing worse than getting into a sweltering hot car that’s been sitting outside all day in the summer sun.
You’ve just spent a lovely morning being lazy inside your air conditioned home. You have no idea that it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement outside. You have to leave the house to run some errands. You get dressed and as soon as you open the front door of your house, you get sucker punched by a thick wall of heat. Each step to your car feels like you’re running inside of a sauna. You finally open your car door and realize that it’s even hotter in there then outside. You quickly close the door and fumble with your keys while trying to start the engine. As soon as your car is on, a hot blast of air pummels you in the face. You cringe as you frantically open all the windows. For the first couple of minutes, the air conditioner will blow nothing but nauseatingly hot air. It makes your eyes run and your armpits sweat. You reach for your seat belt and flinch as the metal clasp burns your fingers. When you’re halfway to your destination, the car is finally at a comfortable temperature. Sadly, you’ll have to go through this torturous heat routine every time you get in and out of your car for the rest of your day, if not your summer.
Now imagine that for some inexplicable reason, you are trapped inside of your car on one of the hottest days of the summer.
No air conditioning.
No open windows.
Doors power locked.
Imagine that you’re strapped into your seat and unable to free yourself.
You have no cell phone to call for help. There is nobody around to come to your aid.
You just sit there, roasting.
Until it’s too late.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. Sadly it’s been all over the news. Two small children have already died this summer in Canada due to being left unattended in hot vehicles
I don’t know all the circumstances that led these children to be left alone inside their cars. I’ve heard excuses like, “kids like to play around cars” or “accidents happen” or “it was an honest mistake”. These reasons are complete bull shit. The bottom line is that whom ever was in charge of the safety and well being of these children dropped the ball.
How does a parent, grandparent or caregiver simply “forget” that they have a child in their care?
I am not a perfect parent. Not by a long shot. I’ve bribed my kids, I’ve fed them things containing high fructose corn syrup and I’ve certainly zoned out and payed zero attention when they’ve talked on and on about Pokemon. But in all my parental fails, I have NEVER forgotten that my children were in my care. I’ve never gone somewhere and then on the way home realized that I’ve left one of my children behind.
I read an articles about how we as a society shouldn’t be blaming the parent’s for forgetting their children in their cars. The article insisted that even the most loving parents can forget about their tiny passengers because of stress or exhaustion or a change in routine. My feeling about this is simple…If you are so tired and stressed with life, why are you even driving a motor vehicle in the first place? If you are so consumed by your job or your social networks or jam packed schedule then maybe you should take a step back and reevaluate your priorities.
In other words, SLOW THE FUCK DOWN.
Remember, never leave young children alone in a car, not even for a second. The consequences could be dire. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911. Don’t let social etiquette sway you from doing the right thing. This same goes for pets. Cracking your window open a sliver won’t make any difference to your dog when it’s insanely hot outside. Leave your pets at home where they will be both comfortable and safe.
Some parents have invented drugs to cure illnesses, sent rocket ships to the moon and built the most amazing skyscrapers. Some make amazing lunches, volunteer in their communities and tell fabulous bed time stories. It boggles my mind that in this day and age, with all of the brilliant and genuinely wonderful parents in the world, tragedies like this are still happening.
Remember, your most important job as a parent is to keep your children safe. Make it your number one priority.