As I entered a public building, I saw a little girl, about six or seven maybe, sitting on a bench outside the door. I asked her if she needed help; she said no, her mother told her to sit there and wait for her. I didn’t talk more because I assumed she had surely been told not to talk to strangers. There were a lot of grown ups and children at a park nearby. I thought maybe she had walked away from them.
I went on into the building. Feeling uneasy, I kept an eye on her for a few minutes. Talked to someone who was acquainted with “goings-on” nearby; she said not to worry. It was quite common for that kind of thing to happen.
I went about my business. When I left, the little girl was gone. I presume with her mother.
Did the mom go to pick up a car then return? Did mom have her hands full so she did not have a hand to hang on to the child? Was she taking care of other kids?
Was the child left by one “guardian” to be picked up by mom?
I can think of no scenario that would satisfy me. For sure the child inside the door watching out the window would have been safer than waiting outside.
I might have called safety officers except that I had talked to the person inside who told me I need not worry so I felt it wasn’t my business. My business or not, what was my responsibility?
At this point, I think I should have sat inside with her in my sight until she was picked up. I’m certainly not happy with what I did, or didn’t do! I wish I had sat myself right down beside her and told her some fairy tales. Maybe I should have waited for “mom” then passed myself off as a child welfare worker. Name and address, please, ma’am. 😀