It didn't even occur to me that I was re-traumatizing my child. Heck, he's 13 years old and I momentarily left him in an aisle at Lowe's while I stepped over to the next aisle to check on something. He was loading hog wire for me. I gave it no thought as I was out of his sight for maybe 45 seconds.
Today I mentioned I had to go get groceries. "You wanna come with me?" I asked him.
"You're not gonna abandon me in the store again are you?" he asked with obvious trepidation.
"What're you talking about?" I had absolutely no clue.
"Remember you left me in Lowe's?"
I was dumbfounded. "Boy, I never left you there."
"Yes you did, when you walked off and left me with the shopping cart. I was scared. I didn't know if you'd come back."
I was shocked at this.
Is he that insecure? Saddled with heavy duty abandonment issues nine years later? Is this even possible?
I kept starting at him, unsure what to say, so I stuck my foot in my mouth, "I'm gonna blog that son. This never occurred to me."
"OK, just don't use my name. I don't want another mom to do that to their kid."