We had another exceptional moment in parenting today. Once again I was faced with a situation that I didn't realize was dangerous. Colin and I went to the grocery store that is closest to our apartment which I call "Bazaar Foods" (for good reason). I don't usually shop her but I just needed some bananas and yogurt so we stopped in. I'm pushing Colin in the stroller, I get the bananas and I notice they have pre-cut watermelon on sale so I pick some out but the container is leaking so I turn around to get a bag behind us. At this moment a man is picking out a baby watermelon and chooses one low on the stack causing a fruit avalanche onto the unsuspecting baby down below. Colin takes three direct hits to the lap!! I (uncharacteristically) scream at him "What do you think you are doing?? You're dropping watermelons on my baby!?!?" and immediately pull Colin out of the stroller to assess the damage. Clearly he is more startled than hurt since he settles quickly. That is until the strange faces of all of the produce department employees pop into his face to ask him if he is okay. The man who caused the problem is apologizing profusely (in Spanish) and I'm holding it together my a thread of composure. I think I was more scared than Colin was.
We were lucky:
- They were baby watermelons not full size ones
- They fell onto his lap not his head
- He is a pretty sturdy kid now at nearly 11 months old.
- He is a brute, physical injury doesn't usually cause him much distress.
Do other people think twice about where they park their strollers in the produce department? I never really considered the potential dangers of the produce department! Did you?