Ok, so here's the thing.
I lost my child yesterday.. while walking around in my neighborhood.
And the award for worst mommy goes to .... ME!
We took a normal walk around the retention pond area. It's a normal circle of a little less than a mile. We've done this route many times before.. with our dog, Sahsha. My son explores the trees. He finds odd paw prints and plays a game of going ahead of me and I catch up. He goes really fast, catches his breath, I eventually catch up and he can hardly keep up after two rounds of those sprints.
He turned the corner, I didn't see him until I turned that corner, he was running.. I thought he would explore the rocks in the ravine... like he always did.
I got closer, and closer and didn't see him.
I looked around the hill and STILL didn't see him.
Before the panic took me somewhere where I couldn't breathe, couldn't think rationally, I prayed that God would keep him safe and help him find his way.
A peace washed over me. The peace the surpasses understanding and doesn't let me sit in a corner and rock back and forth.
Then... I didn't see him playing by the rocks, I looked everywhere I knew.. OH MY GOD! I can't find him. OH MY GOD! I have to call my husband and tell him what a sorry piece of shit I am and I lost our child.
Holy FUCK! Sheer cold dread washed over me.
I called... no fucking answer... dammit! My imagination ran the fuck away and ... oh. no.
I ran into the street, screaming my boy's name in a manic frantic fucking panic.. DREW!! DREW!!! DREW!!!
Cars stopped and slowed as I ran crazy in the street looking up and down, surely I will die right now of a heart attack. I called my husband again... and he answered with, "Drew's home."
Oh, my god. I was torn between peaceful relief and sheer terror of what could have happened to him.
On the walk home, I wasn't sure if I was going to hug him and praise him for finding his way home or beat the crap outta him for running away from me.
I've been working on writing this story for a couple days and I wanted to end it with a moral, a quote, something to tie it up with a pretty bow and say everything will be alright.
Truth is, some days suck. Some days I fail miserably. Some days I'm lost in the "what-ifs."
What if I never saw him again? What if he ran into the street with an oncoming vehicle? What if?