Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It only took a second...

One second
That's all it took
He was gone
Like lightening
to places unknown
Mommy's heartbeat raced
she panicked inside
Where is he?
who took him?
why was he gone?
One second, my life changed
Oh, there he is
My life changed
It's alright, now

I took the kids to a fair this afternoon.  It was full of Enzo fun, face painting and snacks.  My children waited for face painting, danced, played in tents and ran around having the times of their lives.  I visisted, talked and basically did what I do best:  listen and watch.

I was getting ready to leave and I saw James in one eye, Lilly in the other and folded up my blanket for a quick exit.  I started to corral the kids, and he was gone.  James, he was gone.  My heart fell.  Calmly, I alerted my friend Marian, she started looking.  Calmly, I alerted my neighbor Lauren.  Not so calmly, I alerted Lilly to STAND THERE AND DON'T MOVE.  Five, yes five minutes later Marian found him.  He was climbing a fence near the pool in a hidden part of the area.  My life stopped two minutes prior.  It stopped.  

We proceeded home then to dinner and everything was as it should be.  But it has changed.  I lost my baby for ten minutes.  Never again.  We are a family of four and we will remain that way for my lifetime.


Nickie Frye said...

Happened to me once with C. HORRIFYING. I cried. Glad he's ok. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Scared me to death just
reading this! When Opa reads this,
he may just faint. In fact, I am
sure his heart will skip a beat or two. Grateful it all ended well.
Wow! How much we love these little guys and how quick they can move around. Whoa - James! Slow down, Buddy, and stay with the team. So thankful all is well!

Anonymous said...

Gone, wow. Scary, O, more tenacity in being aware. Loved your poem. That scene in Lovely Bones when the papers realized that the daughter was gone: so poignant, like your comments. So much to be thankful for. God bless.

Anonymous said...

What a relief, but so sad we have to worry about things like this in a "civilized" society.