Yesterday I experienced more of the joy of Britain’s NHS and ended up going from doctors to hospital (this time not in an ambulance) for a blood test which I have put off for a very long time as I knew I would be in for a long wait. For someone with needle phobia it’s not brilliant having to wait nearly two hours, but it was essential this time.
Anyway forty five minutes into the wait and I was feeling nervous. A dad turned up with his little girl. He obviously couldn’t be bothered with her. She was about four and itching to go to the loo, he was clearly happy for her to go alone. Not a problem really as you could see the door from where we were sitting and there was no-one in there. However, an elderly lady stepped in and literally took her. They were gone a long long time, far longer than would have been necessary. At least in my experience of toddlers and the loo. When they re-appeared she seemed to be ‘over mothering’ the toddler. We all turned a blind eye.
However, child protection trained prudish person me did think about it. In fact, to be honest from the minute the old lady stepped into the loo with the child, I was shocked to the core that her dad would allow it. I wondered what her mother would think. I still feel a little bit shocked about it now. Would you have said something? Is this acceptable in this day and age?