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Acorns to Oaktrees

December 12th, 2001 at 4:50 pm

The most terrifying thing

When my nephews were little, I would take them out with me for the day. Jason would hold on for dear life, but he was all over the place. Sean followed along behind, at a steady pace, taking everything in. He was trustworthy to stay at my side.

Except that we were at a crowded street fair. Jason was moving at a good clip; Sean fell behind. I looked behind me for him, and he was gone. Terror gripped my heart.

The worst part was that because of the crowd, I couldn’t move well with Jason clinging to me. I left Jason on a picnic table by a vendor who said Jason could run to him or call him if need be and went back for Sean. Jason swore he wouldn’t move. Terror gripped my heart.

I walked back the way we came, calling Sean. He wasn’t too far behind, and I scooped him up into my arms. “I was looking for you.” was all he said, and I told him that I was looking for him and that I was sorry that I had lost him. Then we raced back to Jason, who was clutching all of our stuff in a death grip waiting for us.

We had a nice reunion. And I learned a good lesson about watching children.

There is nothing more terrifying thinking a child is lost.

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