What would you do to the driver that nearly ran over your kid in the parking lot? Almost happened to me *shudder*
After the first car passed, my four year old got a little pushy and wanted to go with the grandparents and decided to run. I was holding onto him the whole time but his quick twitch caused me to lose grip and dashed right into the second car that is accelerating very quickly. I immediately jumped in front of the car and thank god he didn't freak out and braked hard. Not sure if it was pedestrian safety automatic braking feature or he braked but there was a tire screech, which indicates he is going much faster than recommended. The car stopped less than one palm's length from me, and maybe less than 10 cm from my son. My wife and the grandparents turned pale and I pushed my son back in between the rows of parked cars for him and the mom to calm down.
In an instant, I was filled with murderous rage and unloaded on the driver who is probably also pretty shaken up. The only item in my pockets are the house keys and grabbed it in my hand to use it as a weapon against the driver. I pounded on the glass with the key until he rolled it down and used every expletive in my vocabulary on him. I tried to open the door to drag him out but it was obviously locked and that's when my wife pulled me aside to calm me down and asked me to let him go. I asked him to * and get the * of my face before he sloooowly pulled away and drove off. I think if my wife wasn't there, or if anything happened to my son, I would've done much more damage to him and the car.
I probably wasn't the best example for my kids and later on I explained to him that I was so angry and wanted to make sure this driver doesn't hurt any other kids in the future because of his impatience. I guess once you are a parent, something change in you and your reactions becomes autonomous when faced with danger. I seriously treated the driver like an enemy combatant and completely lost myself. I only had similar feelings many many years ago when I went for military training, when we were instilled with the values of leaving no one behind and to always have your brother's back. I guess this is why some soldiers jump on grenades to save their fellow brothers.
I read every comment here and thank you all for the replies and pointing out to my shortcomings. Always have room to reflect and improve.
This is my first time experiencing this type of rage and will make every effort for it be the last. Not a good example.
FreeNAS & Plex Server XEON E3 1265L V3 | Supermicro X10SAE | 16GB DDR3 ECC | 6 X 3TB HGST 7K4000 RAIDZ2 | 3 X 3TB HGST 7K4000 RAIDZ1