When Gracie Disappeared...

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Not anywhere near as bad as it sounds but yesterday I did that awful thing that I'm sure many parents have done at one time or another, I lost sight of Gracie and didn't know where she was. She was lost. I had been walking along pushing the pushchair whilst talking to my friend. I'd seen her just moments earlier bobbing along beside me as usual then next minute she was gone. I looked around me and couldn't see her, I looked again and no it wasn't my imagination she definitely wasn't there?

But I had just seen her. How could she disappear so quick? Where is she? All these thoughts were a jumble running around my mind while I was in a panic. It felt like forever yet must have only been a few short minutes. There was a man stood behind me with a pushchair and I couldn't see past him and a lady in a wheelchair slightly behind him also still. Without thinking my instinct told me she'd be over there. I walked around the man and there she was stood in a flood of tears. Wondering where I was and why I left her. As soon as I saw her I felt a flood of relief but also so upset that it happened and how upset she had got over it. She came toddling over to me and buried her head in my shoulder and let out a big cry. She must have been terrified. She clung to my hand for the rest of the time we were in town and didn't walk out of sight again.

There had been a little boy similar to her age with the lady and just being distracted watching this boy had got her lost. I dread to think how bad it could have been if she'd wondered off in another direction to follow him or if I hadn't looked around to check on her. I am so proud of her for staying still and not running off to look for me. It has certainly taught me to be more aware of what she is doing while we are out. I take it for granted that she is so well behaved when out and will walk nicely.

Have you ever had a similar experience?

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  1. I have always told my girls if they get lost (not that it happens often) to stand still, don't move and I will find them....It happened once in Asda....My eldest was about 6 years old and she was busy looking at something and I'd walked ahead into the next aisle and then I heard a child screaming and shouting I turned to say something to Becky and then realised it was her doing the screaming....lol The one and only time I've lost her....lol