As a single mother (two separate times—I must be cursed or something), I can recall many occasions when, after my kiddo was asleep, I found there was really something I needed at the store. It was never illegal. It was always frustrating (although the frustration was with myself for not realizing I was out of Cheetos or whatever before I’d gotten a child to bed).
I never once woke my child up from a sound sleep to fulfill some desire of my own. That would be grossly unfair.
I also never left a young child alone—even asleep—so I could run to the store or something. That would be negligent.
Whatever mistakes I’ve made as a parent, I can rest easy with the knowledge that I’m way ahead of Florida’s Jocelyn Villot, who left her kid alone for five hours to go buy beer. Yup, you read that right. A fucking case of Bud (a fucking five hour case of Bud) was …