Yesterday was a lovely sunny Sunday, prompting us to take a family walk over the nearby woods and playing fields. All was going well, we had bought ice creams, taken customary Instagram shot and no one was squabbling. Yay happy times!
Ice creams eaten, we went into the woods, the youngest then wanted to play a game of hide ‘n seek. Okay all sounds like a bit of harmless fun, right? Yup, that’s when it all when a bit wrong.
Jed was going to hide first, so off he went. We could see he hadn’t gone far as Mummy and Daddy were cheating watching him in the reflection of each other’s sunglasses. My Husband had watched him go off behind some trees so we were loudly making a pretence of checking behind some of the bigger trees we knew he hadn’t gone behind, stupidly confident that we knew where he was hiding.
Hang on a minute though, WHERE THE HELL IS HE? He was literally there a second ago but had vanished.
Jed is 9, so he’s not a baby anymore, he is my baby though and I still struggle not to think of him as such. My baby had just vanished!
I kept saying to my husband,
“he was there, he can’t have got far”
so we carried on looking. After what felt like a very long ten minutes, but was probably only five, the panic started to set in. We literally had no clue where he was.
Our eldest who is 14 was starting to get cranky and was unhelpfully shouting her head off.
“Jed this isn’t funny anymore, come out”
Yes thanks for the help darling, that’s going to make him come out from his hiding place, NOT!
At this point off we had set in various different directions (thank technology for mobile phones, no one else was going to get lost) calling his name and pleading with him to come out. Nope, still no sign of him.
It was getting to the point my brain is starting to tell me he’s been kidnapped, yes I was really starting to panic.
Thank god this was not the case though.
The little Bugger can run!
He had done a complete 180 on us and had run round the outside of the woods and across playing fields to the other entrance to the woods, Mummy and Daddy were looking in completely the wrong place.
It was our other son, along with some school friends who found him in the end, after being dispatched to help find him. Thanks boys!
Fortunately all was well, and Jed hadn’t even realised the panic he had caused. Mummy and Daddy though were very close to calling the police and reporting him missing.
Just imagine that phone call!
‘Um yes officer, we were playing hide and seek with our 9 year old, and now we’ve lost him’
Not my finest moment as a parent!
At least I can see the funny side of it now. Though I’m not sure if I will agree to a game of hide ‘n seek in the woods again in a hurry.