Growing, Not Dying

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Friday, May 27, 2005

No Such Thing as a "Good" Scare

Today my Lovely daughter just about scared me to my death. We were at the grocery store. She normally stays right beside me the whole time. Today she was having a very hard time staying focused. Every thing that caught her fancy she had to run off and see. I had gone to fetch her several times by the end of the trip. I was more than ready to check out and leave.

I started placing our items on the belt and turning noticed Mem was no longer next to me. I called for her as I put a couple more items on. Annoyed I apologized to the checker and left her to watch the baby for a second. I went to the endcap and she wasn't looking at the candy. She wasn't in the aisle way. She wasn't even over at the car ride. I felt my heart rate picking up. Adrenaline began pouring through my system. Quick check. TJ was tailing me while the checker was unloading my basket and talking with the baby. "Oh, Heavenly Father, PLEASE let her be all right!"

The PA sytem.....what were they saying....."please come to Customer Service. I repeat, we have a lost Mommy. Please come to Customer Service."

"Please let it be her. I only lost her for a moment. Please." As I walk over I don't see her. I don't see any child. Withou hesitation I walked right around the counter. There was my scared little girl with 4 checkers cooing over her. She ran straight into my arms and it was all I could do not to break down crying. They found her in the next checkout lane. 30 seconds, less than 5 feet and I could have been out a daughter forever. Tears welled up in my eyes...for a couple hours afterwards.

Thank you, God for saving and protecting my daughter. Why me when so many others aren't... thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.

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