Service of Taking a Chance

January 2nd, 2023

Categories: Children, Reckless, Taking a Chance

There are plenty of chances we take that augur positive outcomes such as starting a business or a relationship. This post isn’t about those.

I’m the last one to point a finger at anyone who takes the reckless kind of chance. If I’m running late, I’ll dash across an avenue in the middle of the street if nothing is coming when I once fell due to a pothole on such an avenue and broke my foot. I was lucky that time as I wasn’t run over. It took me a moment to pick myself up and limp to the sidewalk, out of harm’s way. As my foot recovered, it took me a while to cross an avenue without concern.

Here’s another example. I was surprised to see a tot settled in a chair in a public place last week [photo above]. He was absorbed by his phone. At first I admired the length of his concentration. He might even have dozed off. After 15 minutes I was alarmed that he was still alone. We all were applying for a NYC I.D. which entailed waiting in line to show a clerk our credentials to confirm our residence; filling out a form she gave us in a second space and sitting, where the baby and I were, for another clerk to call us to take our headshots.

Eventually a woman scooped the toddler off his chair.

This reminded me of a mother who asked me to hold her baby at O’Hare in Chicago while she dashed in the ladies’ room. I was alarmed but she returned soon enough. I asked her how she dared leave her precious child in the care of a stranger. “I saw your husband at Champaign Urbana Airport,” she said. “He was wearing a uniform.” I shuddered on her behalf knowing the flimsiness of the security that accompanied the assumption that I was responsible and not some nut.

Do you take reckless chances, and have they worked out OK or are you smart enough not to?

Image by Marcel Gnauk from Pixabay

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10 Responses to “Service of Taking a Chance”

  1. BC Said:

    This parent should be locked up!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    There was a guard at the door but he was busy answering questions, and he didn’t notice. I watched out for the little one while I was there in case he hopped off the chair and wandered around. He was gone before I was called for the next step in the process or I’d have alerted the guard to sit with the little one.

  3. ASK Said:

    I stopped taking risks after I turned 30 and missed a flight to the Virgin Islands because I cut it too close on the time to LaGuardia. Now, when I need to go to the airport, I make sure I leave at least 4 hours before the flight is supposed to take off. Advancing age has made me more cautious in other ways. As an example, I now hold on to the hand rails when walking down stairs.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I used to lie to Homer about the time of a flight as he liked to skid in at the last minute and that gave me the shivers as we sat in traffic on the Van Wyck on the way to Kennedy International.

    I also hang on or hover near handrails when descending staircases.

  5. Loretta Adams Said:

    Loretta on Facebook: 🤦‍♀️ I would never leave a child with a stranger….but guilty of going through yellow/turning red light when I could have/should have stopped.

  6. Linda Levi Said:

    Linda on Facebook: Should be a crime to leave a toddler unattended–in fact it might be a crime!

  7. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I think we take chances that impact ourselves not others.

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I wondered if it wasn’t naïveté on the part of the mother.

  9. Martha Takayama Said:

    I find the tale about the tot is probably criminal and outrageous! I don’t’ feel like taking chances or being reckless; These days I am generally cautious and trying to avoid risks of all sorts. I will concede that this may make life duller.

  10. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Some risks are worth taking when there’s a good reason. I’m usually pretty good at weeding out the foolhardy ones—-not always.

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