Some kids are runners. John was more a wanderer.
Once, our neighbors found him several streets away.
So, for years we have practiced skills to help John become a boomerang.
He might go somewhere (independence) and still could find his way back.
So, the other night, we were Trick-or-Treating with little friends in a nearby subdivision.
In the dark.
Mom wasn’t wearing any of her glasses.
And she was distracted taking a video on her camera.
John was roving from house to house with several of his peers.
I blinked, and lost him.
I stayed calm enough, knowing that if there was anywhere in the unfamiliar dark to get lost,
it would be in that area with those friends.
I wandered around, asking.
About 30 minutes later, I found them.
On the front porch of the house where I had lost them.
Perfectly logical: they had gone inside the boy’s house.
And that’s where I had lost the trail, because I was distracted and all turned around in the dark.
John didn’t act the least bit worried or even glad to see Mom.
I am sure he was loving the independence, never giving me a thought.
So what did I learn?
- I should have discussed a plan with him in case we got separated.
- He has good instincts to stay with friends.
- Wear my glasses in the dark.
He was exactly where he should have been.
At the last place we were together with his peers.
Mom was messed up, not John.
Maybe this might help in your world.
Peace be with us,