We were in Chicago a few weeks ago, walking around and enjoying the city. Suddenly, a bumper sticker on a newsstand caught my eye.
A whole bunch of different thoughts flitted through my mind at the sight of this. But the one that stuck out first was, “ooooops”. You see, I was pushing Adeline around in a stroller at the time.
To be fair, I don’t think the sticker was really directed at me. Yes, Adeline can walk, but not like a real person. If I tried to walk down a city street with her it would be a comedy of errors. She’d run up to random people, try to pick up cigarette butts, bang on the windows of stores, and turn in circles or walk the wrong direction. She understands what I’m saying, but not all the time and not when she doesn’t want to do what I ask. She’s becoming a toddler, but she’s still a baby. And we were walking all over the city that day – the stroller really was necessary.
No, I don’t think this was aimed at me. You know who it was aimed at. Those people who keep their kids in strollers when they’re three or four or, yes, I’ve seen it, even f-ing five years old. Good lord, people, what the hell?? I get that the things I described above don’t just stop when your kid gets older. Now the kid can run and there are cars speeding by and life is hard. But really?
I was in the airport on the way home from Chicago when a family passed by. The kid was at least three and he was walking along with them, but apparently not fast enough. The mom was yelling at him to keep up. Then she yelled, “OK, get in the stroller. Be a big boy and get in the stroller!” Wait, what? Don’t big boys walk?
So yes, clearly some people really do need to ditch the stroller. But the other thought I had at that moment was, “Wow, who cares enough about this to make bumper stickers and paste them all over Chicago?” I did a google search, but to no avail. I guess it will remain a mystery. In the meantime, ditch the stroller, yo!
- The Great Midwestern Adventure (momentsofexhilaration.com)