The one minute she’s standing there next to Kai. The next, Kai’s walking towards me and Faith is nowhere to be seen!
Note to self, never expect a child to keep an eye on another child, no matter how brief, anything can happen in a moment, especially at an outdoor concert or any place where there is LOTS of activity!
Heck, I’m new to this two children thing, and when I asked Kai, “where’s Faith”, all he did was point in the direction where he last saw her walking behind him and asked me “mom, now can we go get my Bos Ice Tea?”. Annoyed and obviously not understanding the gravity of the situation…
With Kai tagging by my side, I walked around the park, so many darn people, loud music and the constant “mom, can I get my Bos Ice Tea now!”.
I kept reminding myself NOT to panic. All the while worrying about the what ifs, even though I knew she would be okay, I mean this was Muizenberg Park…packed with familiar faces to me, but strangers to Faith…
What if…”she walked towards the toilets near the Main Road”. What if “she walked down the Main Road. What if “she’s crying somewhere and no one has a clue as to what she’s saying?”. Flip! She won’t even know what to say, shit I’ve not event discussed these kind of “I’m lost” scenarios with the kids!!! What will I tell her parents…
Finally, after searching for what seems like a very long time, I informed a Metro Police Officer and my friend whom I happened to see while searching for Faith.
After doing another search of the park, all the while listening my son nag at my side, “mom, can we go get my Bos Ice Tea” and me trying desperately to remain calm and NOT pull the plug on the darn loud music and stop all the dancers in their tracks!!!
Relief, washed over me when a mutual friend stopped me and said, “wait here, Elspeth’s got Faith”. PHEW! They came walking towards me, Faith a bit teary eyed, but all right, poor child!
Turns out she wandered off in the wrong direction and one of the concert/festival organisers found her and walked around with her on his shoulders trying to reunite her with her “responsible adult”. I was so freaking relieved, I don’t think he realised just how relieved I was.
Missing for 15 minutes, my damn life and hers flashed before me, and I aged 10 years!
Lesson learned! Don’t talk to people when you have kids to look after!! Especially a child who is not familiar with her new surroundings!!
Needless to say, we continued to enjoy the concert, only this time, I was like a hawk! No child would escape me! And Kai finally got his darn Bos Ice Tea!
PS – losing kids for a brief moment, MUST, run in my family since I was told today that my parents lost me in Blue Route mall when I was 5 years old! GASP, now I wonder if they are my real parents, OR, did THEY find me at the mall?
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