So, now that my Princess understands the game Hide and Seek really well, and she hides when she goes number two – we now have a lethal combination.
This week, while my husband was working in the garage (he is such a hard worker!), I was in the house cleaning up after breakfast. When I couldn’t hear my Princess for a good length of time, I began to wonder if she was getting into some trouble. Silence usually equates to doing something she is not supposed to. I put down my towel, and started calling out her name. As I walked from room to room, I could not see her or hear her. I went to the garage to find out if she had gone outside. The garage door had been open so access to the road was easy. My husband assured me that she had not gone outside.
When I did I second sweep through the house and did not find her, I began to worry. My voice began to get a little desperate and high pitched, “Isabella, please answer mommy!” I started to imagine the worst – you know, she wandered outside, got lost, got kidnapped, got hurt… – and so I started to pray. “Lord, help me find her.”
As I looked in some hiding places, I found her crouched in her closet against the door well hidden. She looked at me and smiled. If I wasn’t so relieved I could have strangled her. With tears in my eyes, I told her how worried I was. “Sorry, Mama.” (She says this at least 10x per day, she loves to say it.) As I explained to her that I needed her to answer, I smelled poo poo. Yep, sure enough, she was hiding because she went poo poo!
When, oh when will she just tell me that she needs to go, or just pull her little pull up down and go on her little toilet?
I can’t imagine what it must be like for a parent to really lose a child (like in a store or at the fair), or even, the good Lord forbid, what it is like to have your child kidnapped. But that morning, I was scared. It just reminds me how much I love this little girl, and I don’t want anything to ever happen to her.
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