Monday, September 17, 2007

Missing Children

Okay - so at 7pm the whole family was home. I was on the computer and so was the hubby. The kids are watching tv. I walk in to the living room and there are the boys but no Jordan. She does go outside and play but she NEVER goes out without asking. I open the door to the garage - the garage is closed. That means she doesn't have her bike or roller blades. Front door is closed - if she goes out she usually leaves the door open as it always locks when it is closed. I open the front door and it is rainy out and I don't see her. I send Jackson up to the top of the cul-de-sac in case she is playing with the 3 little girls up there - of course not - nobody is outside it's raining. I make him knock on a few doors to see if she went inside. She NEVER goes in anybody's house and she knows the rules. We are calling her name. In the house I call her name thinking she might be in the playroom - no it is dark upstairs. Jackson and the neighbor boy come back - they found Jackson's skateboard but no Jordan. I then notice Jordan's bedroom door is closed. It is never closed. So, I go upstairs and there she is ASLEEP IN HER BED!!!!!

I'm sure I could have received an award for bad mother of the day - to seriously not notice you have a missing child. Fortunately she was only sleeping - so we'll save the award for another day. Have you ever lost your children?

12 comments:

ciara said...

yes...even worse than that. i prob deserve bad mother of the year lol i'll have to tell you the story when i get a chance...time to pick up the kidlets from school.

and hey, don't feel bad you missed out on something good...you know that me posting is a crap shoot! lol

Sniz said...

We left my daughter at the zoo and were almost across the really big parking lot before we noticed it. It was a big family outing with lots of aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins and I guess everyone thought someone else had her. But the bottom line is my 6 year old was left behind. You should have seen her forlorn and tear-soaked face when we found her cowering in a corner, sure that we had already driven away. Those were the most frightening (for all of us) moments of my life.

So how long are you in England? Do you like it there? How's the cost of living? Are you in military housing?

Gerb said...

Pretty much daily. (sigh)

ciara said...

btw laney over at allthingswomanly.com is needing a taker on the PIF :) i think she has only one so far

MamaLee said...

Do you remember when we lost Sweetpea (the youngest) in DISNEY WORLD when she was 22 months?

Talk about losing years off of my life. That was the longest 30 minutes in my LIFE. And our group was 5 adults and 5 kids. And we STILL lost her. She walked away and was found in adventureland, walking around with 1 sandal, without a care in the world.

UGH!

Christine said...

I'd have paniced too! She must have been exhausted.

My brother got lost at Disneyland one time he was 6 or 7. My mom was hysterical. He'd taken the ferry to Tom Sayers island and spent the day there until he got hungry and started to cry.

I lost Marissa for a second when she was a couple months old. I'd left her in the living room, and I could see her from the kitchen. I was washing dishes, and she rolled for the first time under the coffee table. I looked up and it was like she just went *poof*!

Inga said...

It is just terrifying to loose a child even for a two minutes. I am glad she was safe!

I lost my five year old who at the time was three and a half. We were shoe shopping for the kids, I was caring the baby in car seat and trying to find the right sizes. I don't have any good excuse, but next thing I know he is lost. We did not move he had just simply wandered off. He is mildly autistic and so he had no sence of fear. It took a good 10 minute to find him but it felt like hours. An employee of the store found him next to an escalader. That feeling of panic is the worst.

Anna Maria Junus said...

Yes, I have lost a child, a couple of times. I'll write about it sometime.

Robin said...

Thank god I haven't actually lost a child, yet. Not for lack of trying on any of our parts though, both of mine went through a wandering off phase. Maya's was particularly memorable - she decide she was bored at the playground, any playground, and simply get up and leave, heading straight for the road! If you screamed for her to stop she'd break into a run. I'm sure I lost 10 years off my life that summer.

I have "lost" her in the house a few times though, the same way you lost Jordan. She never simply goes to bed, so the times that she did it didn't even occur to me to look there. The front door was locked though, so I knew she had to be somewhere in the house. Luckily, it's not that big of a house...

T * R * B said...

My two year old is really good about staying right next to me in the stores. We were in the store the other day and he kept getting far out in front of me. So after about the third time of telling to slow down and wait for me I waited until he did it again. Then I stepped behind this case and kept a eye on him. He kept walking then looked back then freaked out when I wasn't there. He came back and was looking for me and I kept going the other way so he couldn't see me. (I know it was a little mean) He looked around the case and then took off I did see witch way he went cause I was to busy teaching him a lesson. Well the lesson turned around and gave me one. He was only missing for like two seconds but it was long enough for my heart to start racing.

Stomper Girl said...

I think it's acceptable to mislay your own child at least once. I thought I'd lost next-door's-baby when she was over for a play. That was a nasty feeling. (Her father had helped her climb back over the fence)

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I've had far too many of those heart attacks myself. My second child has always been quiet. He liked to hold still and watch me run around screaming his name when he was little. He once was shut in our dark bathroom for 15 minutes while 6 people were desperately looking for him. He never cried, knocked, anything. We finally opened the door and turned on the light and he just looked up at us with his big brown eyes and smiled.