My biggest fear is our kids getting lost, especially in public… Well, you can imagine my panic when we lost our daughter at the waterpark.
Life UnEdited #29
The Day We Lost Our Daughter in Public
So, in our family, we always have a tradition before school starts. it’s to go to a Waterpark and have a great day as a family. The day started off kind of rough. Talie didn’t love getting wet and would cling to me. As TJ pretty much did the same thing. I was succumbed to hanging out with the two of them in literally 3 inches of water…
Ty and the boys went off to ride water slides because honestly, that’s why you go to the waterpark right? They were gone for a while and they came back telling me of all their great adventures.
The boys wanted to go ride more slides so off they went while Ty and I took the littles in the lazy river. As we floated the kids clung to me… After a while, we got out and planted ourselves back in our 3 inches of water.
The boys came back soaking wet with big smiles on their faces, they were ready to ride some more. Ty being the water lover that he is slipped away with them leaving me with two sweet little children that didn’t want to get wet!
After a while, I convinced Talie to come for a walk with me. We walked in the kiddie area far away from all the water. Soon I was close enough to kick water coming out of the sprayer… Talie was fascinated and wanted to try.
She kicked the water and she was hooked. We wandered around kicking the water.
The boys all came back and Colby announced to me before we leave that he and I were going to go ride the half pipe.
Have I told you that I don’t really love water slides? I am totally afraid that I am going to fall to my death on them! I finally agree to go with him leaving Ty with the littles. We get our double tube and head to the line.
As we are in line we are laughing and talking and having fun. We can see Talie playing in the kiddie area kicking the water. As we climb a few more stairs we look down again. She is not where she just was.
We are Searching Everywhere… We Cannot Find Her!
All of a sudden I spot her! She is alone! And about ready to cross the bridge to the other half of the water park. My gut sinks… I know that if she crosses that bridge we will never be able to find her!
Colby and I start yelling, and as I yell I am silently praying that she can hear us above all the other noise at the waterpark. We are yelling and she just keeps walking… I yell louder… Colby yells louder.
It finally happens she stops…
She looks around. I know she can hear us, but she can’t see us… Something tells me that if she can just find us then she will not go any further, in fact, she might come closer to us…
We continue to yell. She continues to look. Our hands are waving every which way in hopes that she spots us… Finally, with what seemed like forever she sees us!
Now, we have to keep her attention and try and find Ty….
Yes, I know you are thinking why didn’t you just go get her… It wasn’t that simple. We were at the top of the water slide so we could see a lot of the area. If we were on flat ground we would have never spotted her.
As we continue to keep her attention, we now have to find Ty…. There he was searching. Looking, holding TJ… We start yelling… He can’t hear us… We yell more… We wave our arms. Anything we can think of to get his attention we are doing. Finally, he looks up! He sees us… We are yelling what sounds like gibberish to him as we are pointing towards the bridge.
All of a sudden he gets it… He hustles towards the bridge and squeezes my little girl who was lost and didn’t even know it! I am relieved. I am at peace because I know it could have been so much worse than it was.
Tell me I am not the only one who has lost their child in public!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!