Brooke - posted on 03/09/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
My son is 8 years old, and I usually pick him up at the corner of his school block, so he can walk some of the way with his friends. From a very early age, I have taught him not to go with ANYONE unless they know the secret password.
A few weeks ago, I was running a bit late, due to his brother being sick. I was worried that he would be in a panic, so was trying to rush. As I started up the street, imagine my surprise to see him come around the corner with my father.
I was quite happy about this, and thanked my Dad for bringing him home. That is, until he mentioned that they had not come straight home, he had taken him around the block to see his tenant. At this point I was shocked, as I knew that my father did not know the password at all.
My husband can not see what is wrong here, as it was, after all, his Granddad. I tried to tell him that it is not the person that matters, but the fact that he went somewhere else without checking the safety word.
After all, what if Granddad WASN'T safe? What if he was trying to take him away? I know it would never happen, but not every bad guy has a scary mask. And bad guys are all someone's family, too.
Do you think I have a right to be angry about this?
The other thing is, what if I hadn't been late? I would have got to the corner and been freaking because my kid wasn't there, especially if his friends had told me he went off with some old guy!