I came across two stories this morning that brought tears to my eyes for two very different reasons and just have to share them. Whenever I hear stories like these I am amazed at how strong a mother’s (and father’s, I’m sure!) love is, and the things it can make a Mama do.
On the Today Show this morning, I saw this amazing (and terrifying) story: A family with a 6 month old baby stopped at a gas station while driving a car and a moving truck from one house to another. They strapped the baby into her car seat, and the mother turned her back on the car for a minute to check on her husband and the moving truck parked right next to them. At the very same moment, a man beelined for the car, hopped in the driver’s seat and started to drive away with the baby in the back seat. The mother, only a few steps away from the car, ran after it and busted the front passenger window open with her elbow. Her husband, also running alongside the car, jumped in the window and began kicking the carjacker in the face as he drove. A few seconds later he crashed into a small embankment and fled the scene. The baby was fine. Talk about super strength when your baby is in danger. Wow. It was all caught on surveillance video here.
As a mother who exclusively pumps breastmilk and travels once in awhile, this story brought tears to my eyes for a very different reason. A young mother was traveling with breastmilk and requested that it not go through the x-ray machine (which is the correct procedure, but apparently many TSA workers do not know their own rules). They gave her a hard time, arguing with her and sequestering her in the glass screening box for almost an hour, subjecting her to a full patdown complete with police officer “back up”, and she missed her flight home to feed her hungry baby. This article tells the whole story and even has video of the horrible treatment she received. Even more upsetting about this story, I think, is that it sounds like she was singled out for making a complaint because this happened to her in the past. What is the world coming to that a mother can’t travel with FOOD for her child?!