When my son was a baby, he was quite sick. He was a preemie, and because his lungs weren’t fully developed, he got RSV when he was only a couple of months old, and I nearly lost him. After that, he had horrible bouts of asthma and croup, and he was hospitalized frequently. When he was not in the hospital, I had to give him breathing treatments every two hours, and he had a daily dose of steroids to help prevent further complications.
As a result of all the steroids he took, Jeremy was a huge baby! He wasn’t fat at all, but he was incredibly tall and a solid wall of muscle. By the time he was two, he wore a tight size 4, and people often confused him for a much older child. (In this funny photo where he fell asleep in my grandma’s chair, he’s barely one year old. Can you see how tall his is, even though he’s folded up quite nicely?)
Anyway, Uncle Charlie took me and my children to an expensive restaurant. At one point, Charlie had to go outside and talk to someone he knew. However, while he was gone, something disagreed with Stefani, and she started to get sick. So I had to take both kids and run to the ladies’ room.
As you can imagine, Jeremy, who was about two and a half at the time, looked like he was 6 or 7. As we approached the ladies’ room, a woman came out and started yelling at me for taking my son into a room meant for women. Meanwhile, poor Stefani couldn’t contain herself any longer, and she started to vomit right there in the corridor. I tried to push by the nosy woman and get Stefani in the bathroom, but when I did, I lost sight of Jeremy. I guess the nosy woman left to go complain about me, but the next thing I knew, there was a loud siren going off.
Yes, Jeremy had managed to push open the emergency exit door and run outside! I had to leave Stefani to run after him, and when I got back, the manager and the nosy lady were there scowling at the lot of us. Talk about embarrassing!
So tell me: Would you ever stop a young mother from taking her male child into the ladies’ room? Have you ever pushed an emergency exit when there was not an actual emergency?