Just came across this on the “neighborhood wiki” (can someone tell me what the fuck that is), Columbia Citizens:
Um, its Farmers Market day and I just saw a parent hold their child up next to a tree in Columbia Park while the child peed and POOPED. Then they picked it up in a plastic baggie. Although I am very grateful that they picked it up, the whole thing was very disturbing and I am left wondering if this is a new trend. Is this acceptable parent behavior?
Most responses to this were in the negative: No, your little one should not shit in public and then be looked after like your dog. Peeing, yes; Crapping, no. Hell, no, crap, no!
There was one commenter in favor:
Are you people serious? Relax. What is it with us Americans and our fear anything related to accepting our natural bodies. A kid took a crap (that was picked up). Who cares? Do I think adults should go around using the bathroom in the park? No. But if a kid had to go, he/she had to go. I think it’s great for the child. Get them comfortable with themselves. Or maybe we should continue to instill in them a fear of nudity! God will strike you down for exposing your birthday suit. If this was some sort of epidemic, then fine, be concerned. Otherwise, mind your own business. There is nothing better than seeing the park full of kids playing on Wed’s. Maybe our efforts should be focused on making everyday in the park like Wed’s farmer’s market. I can’t imagine a better way to build community than by coming together as families in the park. I’ll take kids running and screaming with joy any day. If once and a while one craps on the ground, I can live with that. Why did it have to be the puritans that settled the US originally? Really screwed it up for the rest of us.
If the Puritans prevent us from having someone’s kid take a dump at the farmer’s market, I’m in favor of reopening witch trials.