There's a story in our local news claiming that a woman robbed a bank then picked up her kids after school on her way home. (Here's the story link: http://www.kgw.com/news/local/103474134.html.)
Now, I know this is wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Illegal, immoral, dangerous and all that stuff. But the thing is, I get it.
I would believe that you would have to be in the worst financial circumstance to make peace with the decision to put your safety, and the safety and lives of your children, into the hope that you wouldn't get caught robbing a bank and that this money will provide what your family needs. I really and truly hope it's as innocent as that, no drugs, nothing messy, just being plain broke.
Can you imagine what must have been going through her mind that morning? "Let's see, make the school lunches. Oh, we're out of bread. Do the laundry. Um, no laundry detergent. Clean the litter box. Wait, we're out of cat litter. CRAP! I'm sick of this!!! Wait, I have an idea. I have time to stop by the bank before I pick up the kids. I'll just pop in there, pass a little note to the teller, then get the kids. We'll go out for ice cream!"
When the finances just get to be too much - or too little to be precise - and the struggle to afford Top Ramen breaks your spirit, can't you just see that little crack happen in someones logic? Can't you see that crazy smile and glazed eye look come over their face? I can.
Hey, if I ever get like that, just give me a virtual *slap* upside the head, ok? I wouldn't look very good in orange Dept. of Corrections jumpsuits.