Let's be honest, Hattie's mom probably "lost" her so she could have a few minutes alone. Or, Hattie "lost" herself so she could get free ice cream. Hattie's not worried. She'll be fine. She'll survive.
None of us ever had to deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic, full parking lots, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, or battles for sales items. We did it to ourselves. We played ourselves and capitalism won.
Gladys misses elbowing other people in the face. I mean, she could just elbow people in the face whenever. The way the world is going, I wouldn't be surprised.