Yesterday we went to Home Depot. We spent a good amount of time looking at all the Halloween and Christmas decorations. After wrangling Buddy – again – I looked up and didn’t see you in my immediate field of vision. I asked Daddy where you where and he said, by the inflatables. I walked over and…no you. Around the other corner…no you. Up and down the aisle…no you. We started calling your name, louder and louder, and still no you.
It did not take long for the store staff to pick up on our increasing panic. I started to describe you to a clerk when another clerk jumped in and said, with a purple jacket? I see her! She’s walking that way at the other end of the main aisle.
I locked on you – uncomfortably far away from me – and ran. People parted. When you where within ear shot I called your name. You turned and ran to me.
I know it was just a short time that you were “missing”, but I cried anyway. I was so scared for that short time.
When you walked off Daddy and I were two feet from where you had been, on the other side if a display. You told me that when you looked up and didn’t see us you walked off to look for us. Daddy and I quickly instructed you against that course of action in the future.
Here are Kitten’s “I’m lost” rules:
1. Stay put and call for Mom and Dad.
2. If we don’t respond, go immediately to the nearest store clerk and ask for help.
3. If you can’t find a clerk or you’re not in a store, go to the nearest parent (adult with kids) and ask for help.
4. Do not leave the store or area with anyone unless it is a police officer.