This weekend, that situation happened to Sean Preston Federline and Jayden James Federline. Except the dotty old lady in question was Britney Spears. Their mother Britney Spears.
That's right – after almost two months of rejection, Britney Spears finally got to see her kids again on Saturday in an emotional reunion. Emotional for a couple of reasons, of course – Britney Spears was brutally reminded how much she'd lost by behaving so oddly over this last year or so and the kids were just a bit freaked out that there was also a jumpy-looking psychiatrist in the room who flinched every time Britney made a sudden movement.
This last couple of months have been hellish for every single member of the Spears family. Britney Spears has gone through the pain of being forcibly sectioned, Jamie Spears has felt the pressure of controlling all of Britney's affairs and Kevin Federline has felt the acute embarrassment of being intellectually outclassed by two infants on an hourly basis. A little light was needed to cut through all the grimness – and on Saturday, that's exactly what happened.
Britney Spears has been kept away from her children since her breakdown on January 4 when she locked herself topless in a bathroom with one of them and wound up getting her brain looked at. But, at long last, on Saturday Britney Spears was tentatively allowed to spend some time with her children at long last. MTV reports:
After the lawyers representing Spears and her ex-husband Kevin Federline reached an agreement on visitation rights Friday, the singer saw her sons Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1, for the first time since January 3, the night she was hospitalised after refusing to turn the boys over to Federline. She was hospitalized again at the end of the month. On Saturday morning, Federline put the boys into his truck and they were driven by his bodyguard to Spears' home. Sources told People that Jamie and Britney's psychiatrist were also present during the visit; another source said, "The real hero was Jamie. He has taken charge, and she has visitation again."
It's unclear whether this visit was just a one-off event or whether it'll become a regular event. Since both children left Britney Spears' house in one piece, that's probably a good indication that they'll be allowed to see her again. And maybe they'll even let Britney out of her reinforced perspex cage next time, too.
But it certainly seems fair on everyone that Britney Spears should get to see her children again. After all, if Britney is allowed to look after kids belonging to other people then it's only fair that she should get some time with her own. And the children themselves will benefit from seeing Britney Spears, because it's important that mothers and children spend a lot of quality time together, even if the mother is mentally ill to the extent that she can't feed herself any more.
And perhaps this situation is best of Kevin Federline. Now, when Sean Preston and Jayden James are with Britney Spears, he can research the answers to some of the trickier questions they've been asking him under his care, like 'what colour is the sun?' and 'which is bigger, an ant or a cow?'