Sharla from Washington State shares this cautionary tale:
Today I went to lunch with my kids after picking up a few items from Target. We parked in front of the restaurant and I noticed a couple sitting in their car in the spot next to us. They sat there watching us all pile out of the Yukon and then watched us walk into the restaurant. We ordered then sat down to our egg flower soup..The man from the car walked in and kept glancing over at our table. He was a older man, tall and dark. The woman joined him a little while later and she too kept staring over at us. The woman kept walking by our table and stopping as if wanting to say something. The kids were decently behaved until all the sudden everyone decided they were starving and hangry at the same time. Fighting broke out over the toy Paige just had to bring in the restaurant and Jonah spilled two full sodas at once..As the spilled soda poured all over Sophie, Paige is screaming because she dropped her toy and broke it and my baby Jaden starts crying because I'm not feeding him soup fast enough, the woman walks up, pulls Jaden from my arms and in very broken English says she wants to help me..I happily let her take him. She walked around the restaurant with him. Cuddling him, talking to him and pointing out colors to him. He sweetly snuggled up in her arms enjoying the attention. After I got the spills cleaned up and the other kids food dished out I went to her to get Jaden and thanked her. Her husband translated my words to her. They both smiled up at me and thanked me for letting them enjoy my baby. I was blessed and she was blessed..I just felt led to share my experience today after seeing yet another of those Facebook posts. You know the ones about the mom in a store positive that every stranger glancing their way or telling them that they have cute babies is a kidnapper or worse? I mean yes: be safe, be aware of your surroundings, and go with your gut. But more than likely they are not kidnappers and maybe (just maybe) it's a lonely soul missing their grandbabies. Let's remember to share love today. Accept help, and bless others if you are able. - Sharla in Washington State
Sharla, this is genius!
So what makes it a cautionary tale? CAUTION: Don't believe those, "My kid was almost set-trafficked" stories. David Finkelhor, head of the Crimes Against Children Research Center reassures us he knows NO CASES of a child taken from his/her mom in public for sex trafficking. NONE. Zip. Zero! In fact, an Ohio woman was just arrested for making a false claim and scaring people.
Spread the word! - L