It was very difficult to click yes
-- but I did, even before I read about the cute little monkey backpack, which makes it much less offensive. When I was eight and my brother was just two, our family was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. One Saturday afternoon, we had all been out for a picnic on the reservation, where we would go to see the buffalo. My father pulled the car into the drive, and we all started piling out... but he and Mom were deep in discussion, and they just headed for the front door, not noticing that my brother Noel was running straight for the street.
I looked around and saw him -- he was a fast
little kid! -- and saw that there was a car coming from the right. Noel was still behind a parked car, but I could see that by the time the oncoming car arrived, he would be right in the middle of the street.
It was one of those moments when time telescopes and you can go through an amazingly complex thought process in a split second. I thought, No, can't call Mom and Papa, they're too far away to do anything; no, can't yell at Noel to come back, he would ignore me; no, can't run and snatch him back, because the time it would take me to reverse my direction might be too long, the car might be on top of us by then. So what I should do is --
I took off running like a deer, snatched Noel up, and kept running to the other side of the street... but I tripped and we both fell down, and I felt the car's tire brush against the bottom of my shoe as it passed.
Sheesh. Of course, all Noel knew was that I had knocked him down and skinned his knee... and all our parents knew was that both of us were across the street where we weren't supposed to go... so I wasn't popular around the house for awhile. But I still have a brother!
My point being that a leash would have prevented that. However... my best friend told me about a time when he and his older sister were traveling with their mom, and she put them on leashes while they were in the Atlanta airport. As soon as she hooked them up, he and his sister exchanged one of those silent sibling conspiracy looks and took off running around their mom in opposite directions, tying her up like a roped calf!