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  1. Jj says:

    I’m pretty sure most people are actually just doubting that this ever really happened.

  2. Jj says:

    I’m pretty sure most people are actually just doubting that this ever really happened.

  3. Leslie says:

    I am not an eloquent writer by any means. This being said, I realize I have no words that even come close to sending you the message I want to send. But I’ll try anyway.
    Like so many, I found you through this latest life event you shared. I giggled when I remembered what my kids would where out of the house. I smiled when remembering the pointing and good-natured laughter we’d hear. I even got angry remembering some of the ignorant comments that would be thrown at us.
    What I have learned is that we can only control our own reactions. Whether it be fear, repulsion, sadness, or blogging to get it out.

    When you come out of this, you will be changed. I’m sure you know that already. I hope that you keep your spunk and ‘tell it like it is’ spirit.

    I’m pulling for you from Ohio. Sending you good vibes and comforting thoughts.
    -Leslie

  4. Leslie says:

    I am not an eloquent writer by any means. This being said, I realize I have no words that even come close to sending you the message I want to send. But I’ll try anyway.
    Like so many, I found you through this latest life event you shared. I giggled when I remembered what my kids would where out of the house. I smiled when remembering the pointing and good-natured laughter we’d hear. I even got angry remembering some of the ignorant comments that would be thrown at us.
    What I have learned is that we can only control our own reactions. Whether it be fear, repulsion, sadness, or blogging to get it out.

    When you come out of this, you will be changed. I’m sure you know that already. I hope that you keep your spunk and ‘tell it like it is’ spirit.

    I’m pulling for you from Ohio. Sending you good vibes and comforting thoughts.
    -Leslie

  5. Melissa Caldwell says:

    You have an amazing way with words, a true gift. May your children be blessed to have you as their mommy! While you may feel extremely stressed about the incident and the way it has gained international attention, you are handling it with a great deal of grace and wisdom and are to be commended. Too many people in this world think the answer is to return evil for evil thereby perpetuating the hatred. Your children will learn to be honorable and compassionate by watching you, and will become strong, kind men because of you. Thank you!

  6. Melissa Caldwell says:

    You have an amazing way with words, a true gift. May your children be blessed to have you as their mommy! While you may feel extremely stressed about the incident and the way it has gained international attention, you are handling it with a great deal of grace and wisdom and are to be commended. Too many people in this world think the answer is to return evil for evil thereby perpetuating the hatred. Your children will learn to be honorable and compassionate by watching you, and will become strong, kind men because of you. Thank you!

  7. M says:

    I’m not an eloquent writer, but I want to let you know how much I appreciate your original post and your update. I stand behind you 100% and am not sure I would have the decorum to restrain myself as you did if it were my son. Your story brought tears to my eyes because that could have so easily been my son. You are a strong, brave lady, and I truly hope that you will get rest from this mess and that you are shown the respect that you deserve. We must do what is best for our littles, no matter what that means – you know that very well – and I look up to you.

  8. M says:

    I’m not an eloquent writer, but I want to let you know how much I appreciate your original post and your update. I stand behind you 100% and am not sure I would have the decorum to restrain myself as you did if it were my son. Your story brought tears to my eyes because that could have so easily been my son. You are a strong, brave lady, and I truly hope that you will get rest from this mess and that you are shown the respect that you deserve. We must do what is best for our littles, no matter what that means – you know that very well – and I look up to you.

  9. RebelRegan says:

    Well said. Well stated. You’re a good woman. You have class and held yourself with dignity. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Continue being you, doing the motherly things you do.

    Best part of what you wrote, “The bigger issue, and the one that still brings tears to my eyes, is the words that were said to us. My son doesn’t know what they mean, but I do. And I can brush them off to an extent because a man who would say them to a two year old clearly has problems. But their greater implication haunts me. Men with this mentality exist in this world. They interact with us every day. They could be the man in the “redneck” garb or they could be the guy in the business suit. Bigotry, ironically, is classless, colorless, and genderless. Otherwise lovely men and women make hateful remarks all the time. It may not define them, but it is within them, and they pass it on to their children. I don’t know what else I can say on the matter.”

    Hear! HEAR!

  10. RebelRegan says:

    Well said. Well stated. You’re a good woman. You have class and held yourself with dignity. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Continue being you, doing the motherly things you do.

    Best part of what you wrote, “The bigger issue, and the one that still brings tears to my eyes, is the words that were said to us. My son doesn’t know what they mean, but I do. And I can brush them off to an extent because a man who would say them to a two year old clearly has problems. But their greater implication haunts me. Men with this mentality exist in this world. They interact with us every day. They could be the man in the “redneck” garb or they could be the guy in the business suit. Bigotry, ironically, is classless, colorless, and genderless. Otherwise lovely men and women make hateful remarks all the time. It may not define them, but it is within them, and they pass it on to their children. I don’t know what else I can say on the matter.”

    Hear! HEAR!

  11. Desiree says:

    Please Katie, don’t listen to the comments. Just put it all down for a while, until the nut jobs stop name calling.

    Take a breath or two, savor the joy that is life as a mom, and come back in four days. When you do, you’ll find that most of the haters have moved on to hating someone else. And those who found your blog and decided you rock will still be right here with you.

  12. Desiree says:

    Please Katie, don’t listen to the comments. Just put it all down for a while, until the nut jobs stop name calling.

    Take a breath or two, savor the joy that is life as a mom, and come back in four days. When you do, you’ll find that most of the haters have moved on to hating someone else. And those who found your blog and decided you rock will still be right here with you.

  13. Caitlyn says:

    I think you’re doing awesome in a horrible situation and I hope that your life calms back down soon. You didn’t ask for any of this and anyone that blames you is wrong.
    Well Wishes,
    Caitlyn

  14. Caitlyn says:

    I think you’re doing awesome in a horrible situation and I hope that your life calms back down soon. You didn’t ask for any of this and anyone that blames you is wrong.
    Well Wishes,
    Caitlyn

  15. cb says:

    Katie, thank you for sharing the story of what happened to you and Dexter. I can’t imagine how awful that was. The internet is a double edged sword and I’m sorry for the trolls and hate and stress it has brought to you on top of the experience with that stranger. We still have a way to go in acceptance and tolerance but you made a difference by sharing your experience with the world. Now go do what makes you and your family happy, headbands and all.

  16. cb says:

    Katie, thank you for sharing the story of what happened to you and Dexter. I can’t imagine how awful that was. The internet is a double edged sword and I’m sorry for the trolls and hate and stress it has brought to you on top of the experience with that stranger. We still have a way to go in acceptance and tolerance but you made a difference by sharing your experience with the world. Now go do what makes you and your family happy, headbands and all.

  17. Nice to see your blog is up and going again.. I sent you an email and a little something for your kids, though I probably should have waited a week to not add to your email burden.

    Thanks for being such a fantastic mother.

  18. Nice to see your blog is up and going again.. I sent you an email and a little something for your kids, though I probably should have waited a week to not add to your email burden.

    Thanks for being such a fantastic mother.

  19. Something to think about says:

    “and I am one person trying to do my part to raise awareness. I would never judge a person by the way they look… ”

    Because, apparently, this is not judgment. Right?

    “he man was overly large with a bushy beard and a camouflage shirt with the arms cut off. He had tattered shorts and lace up work boots with no laces. I could smell the fug of cigarette smoke surrounding him, and there was a definite pong of beer on him.”

    1. mark says:

      She was just describing the man. She wasn’t judging him. If a man in a suit and tie did it then she would have wrote that.

      1. Something to think about says:

        Then Walmart will have no problem what so ever to find him on the in store video to make sure they aren’t being slandered/libeled correct?

        1. mark says:

          I’m fully supporting Katie on her decision so far to not report the incident to Walmart. Though I am surprised that the reporter that came to our door didn’t go and talk to Walmart after he left. He found out where we live and it is pretty easy to know which Walmart we went to, what day it happened.

          1. Roberta says:

            Mark, are you katies husband? My husband would have gone to walmart himself. Why don’t you and then contact police. You can understand why its bothering so many people you refuse to go to the authorities and file a complaint right??? I suggest you do that to protect the community from this man who abused your little son and show how you want to protect your family.

        2. JFC says:

          What is your issue with this description? Why on earth would Wal Mart think they’ve been “slandered/libeled”??? If Wal Mart was concerned about that issue, they’d be busy removing all the “People of Wal Mart” pictures off the internet.

    2. Me says:

      I believe the word for that is “description”.

    3. Maureen Mower says:

      No, that is not being judgmental, it is a description of the man’s appearance. I’m sure if she obtained the store video, that is exactly how he appeared.

      Now, if she had called him a ”redneck” or something, then THAT would have been judgmental, as it would be an assumption based on his appearance. But simply describing his appearance factually is not passing judgment.

    4. JFC says:

      To Something to think about: Right! A description is not “judgment”. She didn’t go on to label him as a “redneck” or a “moron” or a “cretin” or “trashy” or any other derogatory term. She gave a dispassionate DESCRIPTION of the person who laid hands on her CHILD.

      Whatever this man’s opinion of the child’s attire or appearance, he displayed utter rudeness by commenting in the first place, but was very fortunate that he wasn’t charged with assault or child abuse.

    5. Possibility is that she didn’t judge him but only described him. Also, we all judge a little as we’re taught whether for more positive or more negative reasons.

  20. Something to think about says:

    “and I am one person trying to do my part to raise awareness. I would never judge a person by the way they look… ”

    Because, apparently, this is not judgment. Right?

    “he man was overly large with a bushy beard and a camouflage shirt with the arms cut off. He had tattered shorts and lace up work boots with no laces. I could smell the fug of cigarette smoke surrounding him, and there was a definite pong of beer on him.”

    1. mark says:

      She was just describing the man. She wasn’t judging him. If a man in a suit and tie did it then she would have wrote that.

      1. Something to think about says:

        Then Walmart will have no problem what so ever to find him on the in store video to make sure they aren’t being slandered/libeled correct?

        1. mark says:

          I’m fully supporting Katie on her decision so far to not report the incident to Walmart. Though I am surprised that the reporter that came to our door didn’t go and talk to Walmart after he left. He found out where we live and it is pretty easy to know which Walmart we went to, what day it happened.

          1. Roberta says:

            Mark, are you katies husband? My husband would have gone to walmart himself. Why don’t you and then contact police. You can understand why its bothering so many people you refuse to go to the authorities and file a complaint right??? I suggest you do that to protect the community from this man who abused your little son and show how you want to protect your family.

        2. JFC says:

          What is your issue with this description? Why on earth would Wal Mart think they’ve been “slandered/libeled”??? If Wal Mart was concerned about that issue, they’d be busy removing all the “People of Wal Mart” pictures off the internet.

    2. Me says:

      I believe the word for that is “description”.

    3. Maureen Mower says:

      No, that is not being judgmental, it is a description of the man’s appearance. I’m sure if she obtained the store video, that is exactly how he appeared.

      Now, if she had called him a ”redneck” or something, then THAT would have been judgmental, as it would be an assumption based on his appearance. But simply describing his appearance factually is not passing judgment.

    4. JFC says:

      To Something to think about: Right! A description is not “judgment”. She didn’t go on to label him as a “redneck” or a “moron” or a “cretin” or “trashy” or any other derogatory term. She gave a dispassionate DESCRIPTION of the person who laid hands on her CHILD.

      Whatever this man’s opinion of the child’s attire or appearance, he displayed utter rudeness by commenting in the first place, but was very fortunate that he wasn’t charged with assault or child abuse.

    5. Possibility is that she didn’t judge him but only described him. Also, we all judge a little as we’re taught whether for more positive or more negative reasons.

  21. Roberta says:

    Katie, have you considered some professional help like a psychoanalyst to help you dear??? I understand how being a stay at home mom you can sometimes feel cutoff from the world.

  22. Roberta says:

    Katie, have you considered some professional help like a psychoanalyst to help you dear??? I understand how being a stay at home mom you can sometimes feel cutoff from the world.

  23. Roberta says:

    Katie, have you considered some professional help like a psychoanalyst to help you dear??? I understand how being a stay at home mom you can sometimes feel cutoff from the world.

  24. Maureen Mower says:

    No, that is not being judgmental, it is a description of the man’s appearance. I’m sure if she obtained the store video, that is exactly how he appeared.

    Now, if she had called him a ”redneck” or something, then THAT would have been judgmental, as it would be an assumption based on his appearance. But simply describing his appearance factually is not passing judgment.

  25. JFC says:

    To Something to think about: Right! A description is not “judgment”. She didn’t go on to label him as a “redneck” or a “moron” or a “cretin” or “trashy” or any other derogatory term. She gave a dispassionate DESCRIPTION of the person who laid hands on her CHILD.

    Whatever this man’s opinion of the child’s attire or appearance, he displayed utter rudeness by commenting in the first place, but was very fortunate that he wasn’t charged with assault or child abuse.

  26. Possibility is that she didn’t judge him but only described him. Also, we all judge a little as we’re taught whether for more positive or more negative reasons.

  27. Brutinia says:

    …I read your first post, and this one too obviously, and my FIRST thought is…..”And WHY again did she NOT call a manager or the authorities?”…You’ve had a lot to say. Some of it I agree with wholeheartedly some of it not based on my moral and religious beliefs, but that’s neither here nor there. What I want to know, is why in the HELL did you not do something when this man supposedly verbally and physically assaulted your two yeah old HELPLESS son? This man was obviously committing a hate crime…he abused your child…And you did nothing but post what you did on FB and here? There is no mother in world who wouldn’t do SOMETHING besides make a few posts if that happened to her child. Which leads me to believe that your story is false and did not happen.

  28. Brutinia says:

    …I read your first post, and this one too obviously, and my FIRST thought is…..”And WHY again did she NOT call a manager or the authorities?”…You’ve had a lot to say. Some of it I agree with wholeheartedly some of it not based on my moral and religious beliefs, but that’s neither here nor there. What I want to know, is why in the HELL did you not do something when this man supposedly verbally and physically assaulted your two yeah old HELPLESS son? This man was obviously committing a hate crime…he abused your child…And you did nothing but post what you did on FB and here? There is no mother in world who wouldn’t do SOMETHING besides make a few posts if that happened to her child. Which leads me to believe that your story is false and did not happen.

  29. Brutinia says:

    …I read your first post, and this one too obviously, and my FIRST thought is…..”And WHY again did she NOT call a manager or the authorities?”…You’ve had a lot to say. Some of it I agree with wholeheartedly some of it not based on my moral and religious beliefs, but that’s neither here nor there. What I want to know, is why in the HELL did you not do something when this man supposedly verbally and physically assaulted your two yeah old HELPLESS son? This man was obviously committing a hate crime…he abused your child…And you did nothing but post what you did on FB and here? There is no mother in world who wouldn’t do SOMETHING besides make a few posts if that happened to her child. Which leads me to believe that your story is false and did not happen.

  30. JFC says:

    What is your issue with this description? Why on earth would Wal Mart think they’ve been “slandered/libeled”??? If Wal Mart was concerned about that issue, they’d be busy removing all the “People of Wal Mart” pictures off the internet.

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