One Day I Will Never Forget

@celticeagle (115084)
Boise, Idaho
September 21, 2016 5:28pm CST
When Josh(grandson) was about 4 or 5 we had quite a scare. It was his practice to just take off. Cami would round him up at night and try to get him to go to bed. She'd bathe him and get him ready for the night time read and he'd run off and go outside. Two different times I recall. Why we didn't lock the doors when it was bath time I don't know. It didn't happen that often I suppose. Once she caught him right away. Lucky because he had no clothes on. The second she went one way and he had gone the other. A lady in the neighborhood saw Josh and called the authority. Good for Josh, bad for Cami. She got charged with inattentive parenting. Geesh! Nothing much happened thank goodness. A few months go by and he does it again. This time it was during the day and he took off. Cami went out looking for him. A neighbor lady we had known helped in the search. Finally we decided to bring the police into it. We had looked all over the apartment complex. A police woman came, we told her what happened. They began another search. During this time I saw my daughter come walking across the lawn from the area across the busy street. The look on her face, losing hope and so lost, I just lost it. Until then I had been able to keep my wits about me and stay strong. That look on my daughter's face, I will never forget it. The neighbor lady that was helping us became interested in the next apartment from ours. We heard things going on inside but the car was gone. Hmmm. We discussed it, didn't want to just walk in. But still it was our child . So, finally the neighbor lady decided to go in and just see. She went inside, followed the sounds and low and behold there was Josh playing with some toys. OMG! I was so relieved. Cami was overjoyed. He was a little adventurer. Never took off again.
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@just4him (91655)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Sep 16
Those were scary times. I'm glad he hasn't taken off since. Too bad she was charged the one time for negligent parenting. I have my story to tell too, and think I will, thanks for the idea and I'm so glad everything turned out all right.
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Sep 16
Thank you. It was scary that's for sure.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
23 Sep 16
some kids are bad at this, bad enough the parent have to have special locks higher up so the kid cannot open the door, my own worry there is fire, not sure how that would work
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Sep 16
We never thought about it. Didn't happen all of the time.
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• Centralia, Missouri
24 Sep 16
@celticeagle I just know some with autistic kids, they had to make arrangements to prevent wandering, which their son would do whenever he wanted.
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Sep 16
@Jessicalynnt .....That's a great idea. But, Josh would have found another way anyway. Haha
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@sofssu (14736)
22 Sep 16
OMG.. sounds like nightmare.. I would have gone crazy in your daughter's place.
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Sep 16
She was holding up pretty well until she felt we had checked everywhere and he just wasn't around.
@shivamani10 (10645)
• Hyderabad, India
22 Sep 16
thank God nothing has happened. But after some days they remain as memories of life.
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Sep 16
A show on Dr. Phil reminded me of it.
@LoriAMoore (9966)
• United States
21 Sep 16
That's terrifying!
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Sep 16
It sure was.