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Saturday, September 18, 2004

 

Lost & Found

You know the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when your lost child doesn't answer your calls, answer the calls over the shop's loud speaker and no one has seen them?
Well, Tim and I had that feeling today.
We were shopping (he was shopping while I was dealing with kids and browsing) when Jadeen found a friend to play with. The two girls were running around the shop playing chasey when the other girl was called by her grandmother (?) and they had to leave. It was then that we realized Jade was no where to be found. We searched the shop (it was very large with plenty of places to hide), went to neighbouring shops, even the public toilets. She was no where. We spent about 20 minutes searching for her.
I knew she wouldn't go on the road as she knows better then that but the awful thought of 'what if someone took her' slipped through my head a few times. It would have been so easy in that shop, it was large, busy and easy in/out access.
Why weren't we keeping a better eye on her? We thought she was trustworthy as she has always proven so in the past, plus she was playing within sight of us and the occasional crashes of clothes, underwear, etc falling off the racks always told us where the girls were.
She was found, by her big sister Miranda, eventually. She was located sitting under a rack of men's trousers searching for her bracelet, crying.
She is an emotional girl so I think she shall remember this day well.
A few other things that were found today
- shoes for the two older girls
- free beach towels
- clothes for mum
- clothes for dad
- free toys
- vouchers for lunch
- a few other things I can't think of right now



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