Are We Just Passers-by?

The recent hit and run accident involving a 2-year old toddler shocked the whole world beyond words! Many people were fuming mad with the van drivers, passers-by and the parents. Thank God there was this lady who was humane enough to act without much hesitation. Otherwise, I can’t imagine what would be left of the baby. So sad that it happened to such a young being (anyone for that matter) and people around the world mourned for her death. I can’t bear the thought that if she were to survive the accident, would she be whole? Would she lead a normal life? With this thought in mind, I’m glad that God loves her more….I’d like to think that she’ll be at a safer, better place, well and happy always. I can only imagine the pain her parents have to go through now for the loss of their beautiful baby.

Coming back to our home ground, many people are passers-by too; whereby they will slow down to look, hesitate for a while before moving on. In the case of snatch theft, when the victim shouted for help, onlookers just looked and shook heads feeling sorry for the victim. Sad, isn’t it? It is a relief to know that not all are just passers-by. Fortunately, there are still some Good Samaritans left. There were times when we saw people reacted quickly to help the victim to safety, some manned the traffic, or someone called the emergency line to report the accident, etc. Bless them all.

When we hear the sirens from afar, do make way for the rescue teams i.e. police patrol, ambulances and fire brigades to reach the accident site without any further delay – by simply getting out of the way! That much all of us can do for the victims. Sometimes, we encountered some insensitive people who refused to make way, and instead racing with these ambulances! You can never tell what goes on that driver’s mind! (sigh)

When we see what happened to the toddler in China, don’t act too surprised. I don’t mean to be insensitive or disrespectful. We all know that similar event happened all over the world, which could be unknown to us as they were not reported. Let’s make this a wake up call to all human beings. Revisit our moral values. Think about what we can offer to another human being. Think, what if the victim is someone known to us? When such things happened before our eyes, what would be the first thing we should do. Small gesture does make a huge difference, especially when it is about life and death matter.

For parents with young children, please keep close watch of them. You cannot afford to turn your back even for several seconds! You have no idea where they could have wandered off to. If the road visibility is low, some drivers may not see the little figure in front, side or back of their vehicles. Just keep them close to you at all times when you are in public areas. Hold on to them at all times, if you can.

Another scene is streets in residential areas. In the evening, you can find many young children led by maids or family members, cycling, running, or playing in the middle of the street! Some even play at the curve/bend of the street where no one can see any oncoming traffic! I get very mad when I see adults with a group of children playing in the middle of the street and expecting drivers to watch over them! How shall we drill this into their adult heads that the street is not the playing ground?! Every residential area has playgrounds and big fields for running around. This scene only waits for an accident to happen, I pray not. When accidents really happened, parents would be quick to blame road users and not themselves, who first allowed the children to play at the wrong place!!!

Parents reading this and unaware where your children are playing at, please check and set strict safety rules for the children and the maids to follow. There is always a right place for doing something. If you love your children and do not wish something bad to befall them, this is the time to act. If it has been yourself allowing your own children to play and cycle in circle on the street along your house, stop this instant! Don’t be lazy. Take a short walk to the playground to let them play safely there. Otherwise, they would think that the streets are their play areas too, without knowing the grave danger lurking behind that bend of the street.

Let’s decide to do a good deed by not being just passers-by and to always watch over our young children like hawks! Keep them close-by, within eyesight and ear shot. Never mind if people call you paranoid or whatever. It’s better to be safe than sorry…..

~ Alice N.

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