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Without SparkPeople, He Would Have Gotten Away With It

Saturday, October 22, 2011

First, let me say I adore my son-in-law. He is a very kind, polite and considerate person. Usually he is an attentive and effective father as well as one of the most caring people in my life. However, his halo might have slipped just a bit yesterday.

In my blog, I shared the picture of Natalie with her arm in a sling, and appreciated the many sympathetic and supportive comments from my SparkFriends. Cyndi (Aquagirl, a leader of our local SparkTeam) made such a comment and added, "Please tell her that I'm sorry that I didn't recognize her at the Tow Jam in Bartow Friday night when she got lost."

Hmmm. I hadn't heard anything about her getting lost. We had met dear son-in-law at his place of employment about 5:30 pm on Friday and given him both kids so we could go out to dinner and to a symphony concert. My daughter was still going to be working for many more hours.

So today I asked him about it when he called. He immediately said she was never really lost, that his older brother knew where she was at all times. However, my son in law thought she was right behind him and didn't realized she had stopped. His brother just wanted to see how long it would take him to realize she wasn't there. Evidently, it took a while. When she thought she was lost, the big brother finally spoke up.

I probably should have left it alone. "Natalie was lost? I hadn't heard anything about that!," my daughter said at the dinner table this eve after I brought it up again. See, without SparkPeople, neither my daughter or I would have ever known. Thank heavens she's fine. I hope they both learned a bit of a lesson.
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    Why would anyone cause such hurt to a child??? I think the brother was also wrong for not immediately bringing Natalie back in to the group.
    2917 days ago
    What a blessing that she is O.K.

    A note for Parents and Grandparents:
    I worked in a department store for 30+ years. When we had a lost child in the store, one of the things we asked, was what was the child wearing.

    But be aware: Clothes can be changed quickly. But the one thing that usually cannot be changed quickly is a childs shoes. So, parents be aware of the shoes your child is wearing.

    Blessings to you.
    2918 days ago
    I am so glad that Natalie is safe. Little girls are picked up
    every day, from incidents like these. We just can't be
    too careful. Hopefully, SIL will be much more attentive
    and lesson learned, from now on. We all fail at times,
    but hopefully he will be even a better dad now.
    2918 days ago
    Oh, dear, I didn't mean to get anyone in trouble! It's just that when they walked past me with the stroller they were talking, not paying attention and almost hit me with the stroller. I jumped out of the way. So, I noticed the group.

    A moment later, I was waiting for hubby and I saw this little lost girl with this big red cast who looked worried. Hubby got there and I said to hubby, that it looked almost like your Natalie. She saw me and started to run to me but wasn't sure. We asked if she was lost and she nodded. Then her daddy came running up behind us and she ran to him and started to cry. I felt bad because she had turned to me and I didn't immediately recognize her until it was too late. I wanted to comfort the look of panic on her face and I didn't. For that I am so sorry.
    2918 days ago
    I am glad things worked out for the best but, the main issue should be what a traumatic event it was for Natalie!! This is something that SHE will NEVER forget!! Yes, I am sure it taught SIL a lesson but, I bet it really is set in stone in Natalie's mind! Glad she is safe!! Good for "brother"!

    2918 days ago
    So scary it just takes your breath away.
    Hopefully a lesson learned.
    2918 days ago
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  • FROSTY99
    Amazing how the truth comes out-when one least expects it!
    2918 days ago
    that's a scary thing I can move so fast and disappear. I am always watching closely when I take my grandchildren shopping. so glad all is well though and she wasn't lost long.
    2918 days ago
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