Our little scare!! - Lynn Fern

Our little scare!!

Yesterday I posted that life is short, hug your little ones, etc.  I am sorry if I alarmed anyone.  I needed just a little time to pull my thoughts together. Yesterday not because no one was watching, but because things can just happen so fast.  Shea wandered off on the very busy/full beach.  She was looking for us, couldn’t find us, and kept walking.  It all happened so quickly that she was a ways away.  I was at our beach house when it happened unpacking. 

I was 3 flights of stairs up in the house.  My in-laws had come back to the house, and the ones down at the beach thought she had come back with them.  When I saw a couple of them run towards the house, I realized something was wrong.  I don’t think my feet hit any single one of the stairs. I ran… hard!
I got to the beach and a state of panic entered my body!!

Life is real & this was a hard reality that took me to a completely out of body experience. 

She had no idea that she was lost or even that she had gone as far as she had gone.  The one thing that I was so amazed is how many strangers stood up once they realized what was going to help us.  We had people standing at every exit of the beach to ensure she didn’t walk out.  There were several women that were walking up & down the beach, and men that went to the water to make sure she wasn’t in the ocean. 
I was asked by so many – her name, how old, hair color, what color of swimsuit, and most importantly “does she know her name”!?!  My girl knows her full name, she knows her age and she knows her mommy & daddy’s full name.

My brother in law found her a good ways from where they were sitting. A million things went through my mind.  So many walked up to us as I was holding her and hugged us!!  One lady came up, hugged us, I sobbed as she was sobbing with me. 

A trick the lifeguards told us about was to go with the wind.  Kids will walk with the wind.  Also, this happens more often than we are aware according to the lifeguards.  One of the greatest things is that when the lifeguard sends out over the walkie talkie it goes to the police.  Police were already up on the street off the beach looking!  
If you see a little one walking around looking confused or lost…ask them if they are lost.  I have always been a little worried asking because I didn’t want a parent to get upset.

We are so blessed!  I am still feeling a little edgy today.  I didn’t sleep well last night…but today is gonna be better day!!

We’ve had some talks about if you get lost, or you can’t find your group go straight to the lifeguard stand.  Let them know you are lost. You don't think this can happen to you...I sure didn't!  Our group was packing up & looked down for just a second...and she was lost!



Bottom line is… Life is short!  Hug our little ones!  Things can happen so fast…in a split second!!
~Lynn

12 comments

  1. That's so scary!

    Know what I've found? The bigger the group we are, the more likely my kids get lost or get into trouble. When I'm alone, I always know to keep one eye in each direction. But when there's lots of family around, I think the tendency is to relax a bit more. But everyone relaxes and gosh, you can't blink and they disappear. They are so stinking fast, except when you're trying to get them ready to go somewhere lol

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    1. You know Danielle it is so true. When it is just the girls & I by ourselves, they are in my sight line at all times!!! And, yes we do relax a bit more with family around. And, fast...oh my goodness. The baby girl was booking it.

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  2. Oh gosh, Lynn! I'm so, so glad she's okay! A valuable lesson learned by all and you're able to share it to help someone else! Enjoy your vacation and hug, hug, hug!!! ~~Ang

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    1. Thank you Ang!! A lesson learned indeed. My poor girls no longer have a chance at being out of my sight!

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  3. Oh God Lynn, I can only imagine your panic. We once lost our little one at Disney for all of 5 minutes. It truly is an out of body experience. I am so happy the end of the story is a good one! XO

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  4. This got me all emotional too Lynn. Any parent who has ever known that sinking feeling for even a split second knows exactly what you are talking about. And it does happen in the blink of an eye. Very happy this was a case of wanderlust.

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  5. So very very scary indeed Lynn! I panicked at Target a few months back when my oldest who is 10 was not where he was suppose to be. He went two isles over to pick up some cat food and was taking forever so I went to look for him and no where. Mind you he looks like he is in middle school and as solid as a rock so common sense told me not to panic that somebody would have been stupid to try and even attempt to grab him but my mama panic kicked in and I was panicking. What teed me off was that the Target worker there saw I was alarmed and looking for him and in no way offered any help in finding him. So glad that your baby girl was found safe and sound!! Hugs!!

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  6. Wow so incredibly frightening! I'm so glad she's safe and sound with you again. Thanks so much fig sharing. Xoxo

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  7. I know you were scared crazy! Something like this happened to me once and I thought my heart would beat out of my chest until I found my child. God Bless all those who helped and yes it can happen in a second! Hugs!

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  8. So glad there's a happy ending! My mother lost me in Midtown Mall in Rochester, NY. I swear she has not yet got over it. Which is fine, but I AM fifty-four! Sounds like you have covered all the "rules" with those sweet girls again.

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  9. Oh, my goodness. I'm so glad she was okay.

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  10. Lynn - so sorry to hear this news - but so glad it had a happy ending - I'm sure you added a few gray hairs yesterday...hugs to you all!

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