“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” — Albert Einstein

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Boy And His Car Seat

The boy stood beside his car seat, coat open,
small duffle bag at his feet,
like a hitchhiker,
left where he’d been dropped.
His mother talked on her cell phone,
voice carrying across the lot,
watching the cars drive by the gas station,
impatient to get on with her life.
Somebody is late.


Written for G-Man and his Friday Flash 55. He has a wonderful poem this week extolling the inner witch in us all. Click on his link to read the history behind the Hedgewitch.



izzy said...

Oh my I love this! thanks. I often was left standing with my suitcase,
expected to stay put and entertain myself- while the adults got on with important things!

Anonymous said...

It's a lonely feeling, one I've felt and one I've observed too many times. You captured it in fine fashion.

hedgewitch said...

You bring into the focus the terrible peripheral-ness children often feel, I think. One of my major pet peeves in life is watching parents ignore their children who are desperately trying to get their attention. All I can say is, what goes around, comes around. Great 55.

Alice Audrey said...

And to think there was a time when this was the exception rather than the norm.

Brian Miller said...

probably waiting on dad to pick him up for the weekend...the neglect in this is rather glaring to me...smiles.

G-Man said...

Heart wrenching and overwelming pathos!
You add so much class to my little prompt, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your fantastic observations.
Loved your sad 55
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Jemi Fraser said...

Poor little guy! We sat at a restaurant a while back where a mom talked on the cell phone the entire meal and left her little guy to entertain himself. *sigh*

Anthony Duce said...

A complete story in so few words. You do this so well.

Margaret said...

... hmmm. I've done this a few times, talked on the phone a bit too long with my little son impatiently waiting. But, I read books at bedtime and listen "enchanted" to stories that make no sense ;) And at times he has fallen asleep in my arms while I have talked on the phone. And when I'm done talking, I sit and look at his angelic face... a give him a hundred kisses as I know all too soon he will be "too" big for them.

Daydreamertoo said...

Awww how sad. Gezzz... even more so when you know it's the truth too.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks. It's a common thread amoungst us, I think.

Thank you so much.

It certainly does, the endless spiral of bad parenting. Thank you!

True. So sadly true. Thanks.

Yes, that is the end of story. Thank you.

Thanks! You set the bar and we are only trying to hang on.

Frances Garrood said...

This is so sad. I watch mums talking on their phones, pushing toddlers in pushchairs facing away for them, and the kids look so alone. You capture this beautifully.

Mama Zen said...

This is so sad!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Thanks for the visit!

This sounds like the divorce trade-off for kids whose parents haven't found it in themselves to work together.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I guess we've all seen that blatent neglect. Thank you.

Thank you so much!

He'll be too big before you know it. Nothing better than reading to little kids. Thanks.

So true, sadly so. Thank you for commenting. I appreciate it!

Thank you. The sight of him just standing there beside his car seat and his little duffle bag was kinda heart wrenching.

Mama Zen,
It was a very sad sight. Thanks.

Secret Agent,
Thank you for the visit! Yes, I suspect that's exactly what it was.

Other Mary said...

You took a little slice of life, and made us all see and feel that sorrow and desolation without any sentimentality. Kudos.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Other Mary,
Thanks. That's really nice. I appreciate it.

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

Conveyed brilliantly!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful (awful) but vivid and too often what one sees. You've caught it very clearly. I liked your nationality one too. Thanks much. k.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you!! I'm glad you liked this one and then took the time to read two!

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