About 7 weeks after bringing my two children, they were 7 and 5 years old at the time, to the Quest Martial Arts first “Steal-Proof Master” seminar, we had stopped at a McDonald’s off a highway exit for lunch. The kids picked a table near the video game consoles after we had gotten our food. My daughter, the 7 year old, was done first and went to play the games. If I leaned over really far, I could touch her.
I saw a man come in, walk to the counter and then come back to the video games. (Well, the line was pretty long.) He starts playing a game. My daughter apparently gets stuck on something in the game and vocalizes frustration and he offers assistance. She immediately took a step away from him and says politely, “No, thank you.” The man continues to play his game, my daughter looks at me, I nod and she plays again. Again, she gets stuck, again he offers, and she says, “You don’t know me; you shouldn’t be offering little kids you don’t know help with games.” She came right over and sat down with me.
The man left the building without ever ordering anything to eat, without ever going to use the restroom, or ever speaking to anyone else in the restaurant.
We, as a family, had talked about stranger safety immediately after the seminar. And we had been touching on it as teaching moments came up; we didn’t want to scare our kids. But 7 weeks after the seminar, I watched it transpire in front of my eyes, within touching distance. If we hadn’t had that seminar, I might have gone and gotten napkins, and my daughter could’ve been gone and on a highway interchange. That seminar was not only for the kids, it was for me. I learned to watch and listen too!
As Keith Copeland said, “If this seminar prevents just one AMBER Alert, it’s working.” I feel it already has.
An Avid “Steal-Proof Master” Believer