Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Pee Happens

Sometimes you have to let your kid pee on the side of the road. It freaking happens.
 Yesterday we were on our 45 minute drive home, and Tater had to pee. He's 4, so no he can't make it the 28 minutes up the dirt and county roads to the bathroom inside the only gas station on this side of the county. I pulled over, and let him pee out the van. He's peed in parking lots, sides of highways, behind trees in a park, and in Starbucks cup in the back of my Minivan.
  I'm telling you these stories because this last week a woman was given a ticket for also letting her child pee when he had to go. Yep, you read that right. A MOM who is also pregnant was fined for her kid peeing in a gas station parking lot. Yes there were restrooms in the gas station. Yes, she could have taken him inside to pee, but this was a bathroom emergency. If you have a child of any age you know that bathroom emergencies are a big deal. He told his Mom that he was about to pee his pants. She's pregnant, and can't run inside while carrying the child. Had she ran inside he likely would have peed through his pants and onto the gas station floor.
                                  We've all fucking been there. Literally I was there YESTERDAY. 
When I was 38 weeks pregnant with Tot, we were in the Starbucks drive thru line. We were 10 cars deep with 10 behind us. We were newly potty trained. Tater said "MOM! I have to pee!! It's an emergency!" I panicked. I had no fucking clue what to do. So I put my car in park, in line, got out, and let my kid pee the few ounces that his bladder was holding onto the concrete in the line. I barely got his little pants down. He had to go. The lady behind me honked, and threw up her hands in disgust. There was literally nothing else I could have done. The line didn't move in the 34 seconds it took us to do this, by the way. 
 He would have peed his pants, in his car seat causing discomfort and potentially a rash. Had he been able to hold it that also could have let to discomfort, and potential infections. This isn't some drunk, grown man wiping his junk out to pee on a busy street corner. This is a kid. Kids pee. 
 As a Mom of 2 boys, my kids are going to pee in public a lot, because, well shit happens. Or in this case, pee happens. We don't write a ticket if someone barfs in a parking lot, and as an expert in other peoples body fluids, vomit is WAY worse than pee. 

 So Brooke Johns, I stand by you Mama. This fine isn't right, and we all know it.

Here is a link to the news story if you want to see this ridiculousness for yourself.

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