When it comes to your child's safety, you never can be too careful. You can, however, be a total freak about it. And that's not fun for anyone.
When Michelle had finally decided on the diaper bag and finished her snack, she realized she had a little time to kill before picking the kids up from school. So she mosied on over to the toy aisle thinking she might get an early jump on her Christmas shopping.
When she turned the corner, she noticed her friend Amanda was already there.
"Hey you! Fancy meeting you here," she said with a slap on Amanda's back. But Amanda didn't respond. She was staring off into space, and her eyes were vacant as if she had just been through some tragic experience and was suffering from shock.
"Amanda, are you OK?" said Michelle, now concerned. "Did something happen? Are the kids OK?"
Amanda mumbled something that Michelle couldn't make out. But she did notice that Amanda was clutching something in each hand.
"OK, honey. Everything's going to be OK. I'm just going to see what you've got there and …" Michelle said in her most soothing tone as she pried the things out of Amanda's hands.
"Oh! I've heard about these Alex Toys Craft Bundles," Michelle said as she looked over the two packages. "This jewelry bundle with the foil bead maker, refill pack and fab badge maker would be great for Mackenzie, don't you think?"
Amanda started trembling and shaking her head. "Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch …"
"I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you're trying to say," said Michelle." Cheese? Checkers? Cheer! Yes, I think this would bring Mackenzie lots of Christmas cheer!"
"CHOKE! CHOKE! CHOKE! CHOKE! CHOKE!" Amanda started screaming at the top of her lungs while clutching her throat and hyperventilating.
Michelle did her best to quiet her down. "Amanda! Shhh! It's OK. Yes, there are small parts including beads in here, but Mackenzie isn't under 3 years old and I'm sure as long as you supervise her, it'll be fine."
Amanda appeared to calm down a bit, and finally made eye contact with Michelle. She took a few deep breaths and exhaled loudly.
"Now what about this guy? The Gross Science Bundle. Silly Spills. Magic Crystal Dinoland. Mix 'n Slime. Oooh! Jake would LOVE this!" said Michelle. "And the Weird, Wacky & Wild Stuff Recipe book. Right up his alley. Looks like it's got paints, doughs and even silly snacks!"
The last one set Amanda off again. So Michelle ushered her out of the store as quickly as possible while mouthing the word, "Sorry" to other shoppers.
"CHOKE! CHOKE! CHOKE! CHOKE! CHOKE!"