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Watta Lotta Day

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I got up at around 6:15 this morning and it was already getting daylight and was warmer than usual. I had to finish up my grocery list as I planned on leaving early. I had a lot of errands to run.

It was nice outside today - sunny and in the 50s.

I had to pick up the mail at the post office where I spent a few minutes talking to my friends Debbie and Sondra. I then went to the DMV and got my son's truck registration. I left to go to the newspaper office and got the newspapers for the past week and talked to my friend Nancy whose daughter has celiac disease too. I took a check to the attorney and got some info from the paralegal. I proceeded to a specialty store to get some cinnamon oil. I went to a garden store and bought some bacterial bug control product. I went to two banks - one to talk with the investment counselor and make 4 deposits and the other to do a change of address. I went to 3 thrift shops and bought a little decorated fabric storage box on sale for $2.40. I checked out a new pet store. They had too many huge snakes and 3 chinchillas right next to them that looked fried. I went to Aldis, Wal-mart, Kroger, and the meat market to get groceries.

I went to Dish on The Square to buy another tea infuser. The lady who owns the store had her dog at work and it was so cute!! It was a rescue standard poodle named Baxter and he LOVED me. He brought me his squeaker toy and insisted that I pet him. He looked at me intently and he was a good dog.

I also went to Sears in the mall where my son works as I wanted to look at the washers and dryers again and while I was there something terrible happened. There is this pest that works in the appliance department and we always try to avoid him. He is always there. So I kind of browsed other areas - the garden department, exercise equipment, small appliances, bedding, jewelry, shoes, electronics, etc. I was trying to avoid the pest but he saw me and was headed toward me when all of a sudden he veered off and I saw him hustling up and down the aisles. All of a sudden I heard yelling in the store and saw Sears associates congregated in groups acting alarmed and overheard the term Code Orange. I started to become concerned and wondered if the store was on fire or being robbed and decided to get to the front of the store and out of there. When I arrived at the door an associate was there guarding the door and told this male and female that were trying to leave that the store was on lock down. A young woman close to me looked totally freaked out. I told the clerk that if the store was on fire or something I insisted on being allowed to leave and she told us that a 2 year old child was missing. I later learned that the two people trying to leave the store were the parents of the missing child. They were kind of skanky looking and very agitated. I felt sorry for them. The freaked out woman told me she had a 2 year old too and was freaked out even worse so I was trying to calm her down. I told her that she should buy one of those tether chains for when she is in public with her child and then she would never have to worry about this happening to her. It seemed to calm her down. Everyone in the store was calling out and looking for this child. Security and the police were called and the entire mall was locked down. Everyone in the store looked physically ill. Even the men in the store. It is everyone's worse nightmare. We have all seen these horrible things played out on TV and everyone knows about John Walsh's story on American's Most Wanted. I saw the parents come by again and they were demanding that the mall people get out the video surveillance and it seemed like a good idea to me. I decided to look around the store rather than worrying. After what seemed to be ages they finally announced the end to the code orange and I figured I could leave. I went outside and right by my car was the mother holding the child, next to the father, and a police officer. The mom looked at me as I was headed that way as they were standing by my car and she screamed "Is this your van???" I was taken aback. The police officer, who was calm, asked me if the van was mine and I said "No". The car right across from it is mine." Somehow this two year old had gotten out of the store and had gotten into someone's unlocked van and turned the emergency hazard lights on. This crazy woman was trying to blame someone else for her not watching her child. People like this need some parenting classes before something bad happens.

I finally made it home at 3:15 and had tons of food to put up. I got to eat lunch at 4:30 while I fixed supper. LOL. It was a sling-a-meal. Poor Baby got fed at about 4 P.M. The poor girl had probably given up but she heard me calling her and came running. I saw her get her food. My other chores did not get done and it's no biggie.

Hubby worked on the estate all evening.
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    Wow!!! It amazes me that some people can not begin to imagine what can happen to a child in an instant. God bless you for all you did to help.
    3045 days ago
  • DEE797
    What a day you had for sure. Thank goodness the lil one was found. Glad Baby came running when you called.

    3066 days ago
  • SAMI199
    Thank goodness your story had a happy is amazing how easily that child could have been hurt-You are by far,the busiest woman around.You can certainly never say things are dull-lol.

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    3067 days ago
    I wish I could say I was surprised by this too, but I was shaking my head at such lax parents just last weekend at the laundromat. A very small child (barely walking and with a bottle, so under 2?) who I had been making faces with emoticon just a few minutes ago at the other end of the rather large laundromat was now wandering around by himself, past the wall of huge dryers, with his parents nowhere in sight. It's not like they could see him from where they were folding clothes. I watched him for a minute or two and realized they had NO idea that he had even wandered off. Anything could happen! Doubtful that someone would snatch him, but he could have wandered out the door or climbed into one of the machines!

    Anyway, you're a sweetie for trying to calm the other mother who was all worked up. At least you had an eventful day! emoticon
    3068 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4035863
    What a day!
    3068 days ago
    Wow...what a day! I'm exhausted from just reading it! Good thing you are such a walker. You can do all this in one day and still do the meal-fixing thing afterwards! You're amazing! Hope you have a great week! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    3068 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Wow - what a day! It does seem people are quick to blame someone else these days before they accept responsibility for not doing what they are suppose to be doing. All in all, I am glad they found the little tyke.

    It is going to be another beautiful day here in Kansas so DH and I are going for a long walk in the park near our Son's home.

    Talked to Sis yesterday and Dad had a good day but has got a lot of swelling related to the CHF. Bless his heart.

    Hugs, Sunny
    3068 days ago
    I bet the stupid parents thought you grabbed the kid and stuck it in "your" van or something!

    3068 days ago
    Given the lax attitudes of so many people, I'm amazed that more kids don't go missing. There are stories here ALL the time about kids that let themselves out of the house, take the car for a spin, wander down busy roads... you name it.
    3068 days ago
    Wow, what a day. Things like that really take a lot out of you.
    On the other hand you did get your groceries done. We didn't go last night after our hospital visit as we were late leaving and now we won't be able to go until Tues. Grrr!
    3068 days ago
    What a day! Parents drive me crazy!! You see them in the mall on their phones with the kid running 5 feet ahead. Anybody could grab that child and parent wouldn't even know!! Of course, after teaching sped preschool I could give you a couple pages of parenting issues that drive me crazy! LOL You have to get a drivers license but can take responsibility for another human being just because you were frisky!
    3068 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    What a dreadful thing to happen! it must have been bedlam glad the child was found and all was well ..
    you will certainly sleep tonight my friend ..
    have a good night !!
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    3068 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    Oh for goodness sake, you WILL sleep good tonight! Good for you! Shedding all those calories with all that moving around and all that stress-related incident too! Oh, I would've been white-faced for sure! You never know what could happen these days. The disrespectful people to try to blame their unparenting on someone else! I don't like those kind of people either. It can start when they're kids themselves and then carries on and on! Glad you're back safe and sound and so glad that Baby got taken care of too!
    3068 days ago
    I have to admit my boys wore harnesses. In England kids were harnessed in their huge carriages and as soon as they were walking there was a clip on each side so their parents had them under control. We could not find anything like that so my mother brought 2 of them with her when she vacationed with us for the summer. As soon as our son could walk we had the harness on him and I will tell you I was told it was cruel to tie up our son. I knew better, but I still rarely see people really watching out for their little children. Maybe they do in the big cities but not here. They gave it up in England till a child was snatched and then they began to sell harnesses again. Pat in Maine. I am happy the child was found. emoticon emoticon
    3068 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6966999
    That's craziness! I'm so glad it turned out OK, but I have to wonder how soon something like that will happen to them again. I hate when people refuse to accept accountability for their own actions!
    3068 days ago
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