I took my darling daughters to swimming lessons this morning. As we entered the change room there stood an approximately 11 year old girl standing beside the hand dryer. She was completely naked with the exception of her bright pink flip flops. She had this hand dryer turned up and on pointed at her head, brush in hand, casually brushing and drying her shoulder length blonde hair. She methodically brushed her hair and watched all the other Moms and daughters come in and out of the change rooms. All those other little girls used the curtained changing areas, clearly provided for privacy. I averted my eyes.
Blonde girls mother sat in the corner, a look of complete disinterest on her face.
I found her daughters lack of modesty shocking. Her Mothers lack of awareness of the gawking crowd…disturbing.
In this day and age when children are snatched on a daily basis, where pedophiles have their own data bases, should 11 year old girls be naked..even in a change room?
My Mommy instinct screams out no! I encourage my daughters to cover up. Take advantage of provided change rooms. I encourage modesty.
They may not know it yet, but this is partly to protect them.
I have gone beyond don’t talk to strangers, I am trying to instill street sense, a healthy sense of danger and a knowledge of predators. I hope I have not sacrificed their childhood innocence. As the saying goes “Better Safe then Sorry”.
So, have I gone to far? Am I too overprotective? Is there even such a thing anymore. Because I have to tell you what I really wanted to do was give Blonde Girls uninterested Mom a shake, and hand that girl a towel.