Yesterday evening, the kids and I hit an outdoor concert at the mall with my partner in crime and her kiddos. The Police cover band, STUNG, were playing outside Kohls and Panera Bread. It was actually pretty crowded and the music was fun. A children's dance party ensued and fun was had by all.
Until.... I lost my partner in crime's child. She had watched Lilly while James and I ran an errand in the mall. In turn, I watched her son while she went around talking to all her peeps. I turned around to do something for maybe a second. In that second, I lost her son. For ten minutes Lilly, James and I ran around the crowd. We went into the mall and the restaurants. I was in a PANIC. I mean, I lost James once for five minutes and thought I was going to die, but to lose your close friend's child was beyond heartbreaking. I had no idea what to do. I couldn't find my friend to help with the search and I was on the verge of losing it. In those minutes, this child, under my care, was gone.
I finally found my friend, who had her BOTH her sons and all was well. I won't go into details, but the child was not lost, and I wasn't negligent with my watchful eye. But, I learned a lesson. If it is your child, or someone else's child. DO NOT LOOK AWAY. In the blink of an eye, life changes. 99% of the time it is nothing, but I will not allow myself, or anyone in my care to be anywhere near that 1%.