Today when I picked up Mina from school and all three of us were walking on the sidewalk (Cullen was being carried) in front of school, chatting about the day in that slow, careful way that is so like getting a squirrel to eat from your hand, it happened.
I knew it was only a matter of time. I see big kids running around, being rough, not watching where they are going all the time.
Today I saw them coming but couldn't prevent a collision in time. Two big kids plowed right over Mina, knocking her to the ground hard, and without stopping were headed for the bus. Mina was still on the ground and I was yelling after them.
"HEY! Get back here and apologize!" They came back over and said "sorrysorry" and were turning around again. "Ask her if she's okay!" I ordered. "What's the matter with you? You should be looking out for the little kids!" More apologies, and then I let them go...
It was weird how easy it was to yell at kids I didn't know. They seemed like good kids, just being thoughtless and in a hurry to get to the bus, but I'm sick of these kids not looking where they're going. I'm always afraid they'll knock ME over while I'm holding Cullen.
Plus, they made Mina cry. They didn't see that and I'm kind of glad... But I did, and it felt terrible.