I was standing on a street corner with my wailing toddler as a smiling woman shouted at me from across the street.
Naughty? Was my daughter being naughty because she was crying? Was I being naughty because my child was visibly upset?
The stranger had just witnessed a scene between 18-month-old Julia and me. Julia had wanted to cross the street to get to the toy store, but she wanted to cross independently, without holding my hand. After I’d explained the options for safely crossing the busy street, she sobbed hysterically in protest. The enthusiastic cries from across the street commenced shortly thereafter.