Nicole Alexander, a South Carolina mom of three, was enjoying an afternoon outside with her 4-and-6-year-old daughters earlier this week when a royal blue pickup truck rolled up to the curb where the girls were playing. Nicole was on the front porch, out of the driver’s line of sight.
When she first saw the truck slow down, she thought he might need directions, but within seconds, her maternal instincts kicked in as the driver rolled down the passenger window and began talking to the girls. “I just got this super weird sense. The hair on the back of my neck stood up. I was like, something is off about this,” she told Charleston’s ABC 4. ““He was looking right at them and the window was down.”
Alexander launched herself off the porch and ran toward the truck, yelling “Do you need something?” The driver took one look at her and did what NO innocent man does: “I mean, he hauled tail, he sped off,” Alexander recounts. “If you’re doing it with good intentions, you don’t speed off when you see a parent.”
Though her daughters are safe, Alexander wanted to tell her stories to warn other parents.
“You see it happen on TV to somebody else,” she said. “It’s like the mom who is doing the right thing, [going inside] to get a snack because your kids want something to eat, and you come out to an empty yard… you were gone for ten seconds.”
She says though she is shaken up, she’s mostly just so glad she was there.
“I know that I know that I KNOW that if I was not out here, we would be having a really different conversation today,” she said.
In my experience, mother’s intuition is not often wrong, and I 100% believe Alexander when she says “I know that I know that I know.” The local police are investigating the incident and Alexander sent out an email with a description of the truck to make her neighborhood aware as well.
What do you think of this? Should parents be hypervigilant when their kids are playing outside, or are things like this just isolated incidents? So thankful this mom was in the right place at the right time!