Thursday, December 10, 2009

Terror

Pin It This afternoon around 1:30 pm I got a phone call from someone I didn't know

Me: Hello?

Her: Hi, um, do you have a son named Owen?

Me: yeesss, why?

Her: Um, he's lost and I found him on the highway and brought him to the Dairy Queen.

Me: WHAT????

Her: he said he was trying to get home

Me: ok I'll be right there (feeling like I am about to pass out from sheer terror)

So I hang up the phone and scream at my husband "Owen is lost and at Dairy Queen and some woman found him and can you call the school and find out why on earth my son is at Dairy Queen instead of in school with them and why no one called us!!"

And then I frantically climbed into our stupid non-heated van through the passenger side door because the stupid door handle on the driver's side doesn't work and drove to the Dairy Queen. I sprinted inside and saw my son sitting with the wonderful good samaritan and said "Owen, honey, WHY are you at Dairy Queen and not at SCHOOL??" and then I grabbed him and hugged him and thanked the woman and Owen sobbed and I cried and the woman said "you're welcome" and left.

Owen explained that he had wanted his sled at recess and so he tried to walk home to get it but he got lost. He told me that he tried to call me but the phone wouldn't let him. He had tried to use a payphone and of course didn't know about the whole "adding money" rule. Then the very kind woman had noticed my son on the side of the trans-freaking-Canada highway and stopped and brought him inside the Dairy Queen.

Then she phoned me and told me she had my son.

I love that woman. I totally can't remember her name right now but she is an angel.

It is -29 degrees here today people. That is waaayy to cold for a child to be wandering around. Especially on the side of busy streets.

I brought my son back to the school where his terrified teacher was waiting with tears in her eyes.

Owen had gone out for recess and never came back in. They had discovered his absence just minutes before I got him from the DQ. They were about to call the police.

When the teacher asked the kids where Owen was his best friend answered "Oh, he went home to get his sled". It was at that point that the teachers started to panic. Owen's teacher and his teacher from last year both ran outside to search for him and when they couldn't find him were on their way to the office and that is when my husband called.

I just got back from sitting down with Owen's teacher, his last year's teacher and the vice-principal. We all cried. This is so not something Owen does.

I am beyond grateful to that woman who stopped and made sure my son was ok. I am thankful for the wonderful school staff who care about my son so much that they actually cried. I am incredibly thankful to God for His protection over my son.

I still can't stop shaking.

25 comments:

MJ said...

Thank God he's okay. I know you were terrified.
I am a teacher so I know how they felt too.

Krystal said...

oh my goodness! how did you get your heart to start beating again?!

thank GOD he is ok!!!

Shash said...

Oh my goodness Tara!!!! I am so thankful for guardian angels but oh my goodness to go through that!!!! I'm glad he's ok and that someone nice found him. Just thinking of what could have happened. Thank you Jesus!!! Praying for peace to come over you guys!!

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

Holy crap.

That's about all I can say.

Just SO glad he's home.

Rachel said...

Oh. My. WORD!

How scary. I'm SO glad that he's okay! YIKES.

Going to hug my kids now.

The Fifth Street Mama said...

Wow! I don't know you from Adam but I shed a tear for this story. praise God that all is well.

Emily B said...

Oh, hon! What a day! Very scary, for sure. Thank goodness for kind people!

Little Missus Sunshine said...

This has me crying too. How amazing that God used this wonderful lady to keep Owen safe!

Nessa said...

Thank god Owen is okay! I am so glad that angel woman found him and took care of him. You must have been scared out of your mind! So very glad this had a happy ending. I cannot imagine how scary that must have been. Hugs to you, sweetie.

the Doug said...

Ya, that sucked. This afternoon DID NOT go according to plan.

Heather said...

WOW!!! I am sooo glad that he's okay!!!!

Cindy said...

I'd never let him out of my sight again! At least not for a few days. You must still be shaking. Poor mama! God was definitely watching out for that little boy!

Anonymous said...

Oh Tara, I can understand the terror you must have felt. I have not stopped thanking God for sending that wonderful lady to rescue Owen. Poor Owen, it must have been SO scary for him, eh? "He will give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways." I'm so sorry you and Doug went thru this frightening experience. I'm sure Owen has learned many lessons from it. I love you, Sweetheart. Mom

Leonard Family said...

PRAISE GOD for that awesome woman who stepped up to the plate today! I'm in tears as I think about what could have happen to your lil man! So scary! Thank-you dear Lord for watching over Ownen! I am sure your lil man has learned a huge lesson.

Tanya said...

Oh, Tara and Doug! Thanking God with you that Owen is safe.

A.Marie said...

Oh my goodness...My heart is beating fast just from reading your post! I cannot imagine the TERROR that you all experienced!

My husband's brother did the exact same thing when he was younger. He was playing ball with the other kids, and didn't like the way they were playing, so he took his ball and informed them he was "going home." However, home was about 3 miles away from the school! And, he did just that! Walked Home!!

Praise God that Owen is safe! That woman definitely will be blessed! :)

A.Marie said...

Oh my goodness...My heart is beating fast just from reading your post! I cannot imagine the TERROR that you all experienced!

My husband's brother did the exact same thing when he was younger. He was playing ball with the other kids, and didn't like the way they were playing, so he took his ball and informed them he was "going home." However, home was about 3 miles away from the school! And, he did just that! Walked Home!!

Praise God that Owen is safe! That woman definitely will be blessed! :)

Amanda said...

God is an amazing God! He sends his angels to protect us! Praise God and share this testimony of God's protection with others us Christians need reminders of what an awesome God we serve.

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I just got the most intense chills reading this. Sheer terror is right! I am sooooo glad that he is safe and that nothing bad happened to him. Praise the Lord for his protection and for sending that lady to Owen's aid. ((HUGS)) to you. Oh, I am so glad that everything turned out well.

vrtish55 said...

Miss Tara, I am so thankful for the outcome of your post on Owen's frightening story. Ever grateful to God, and the Good Samaritan, we are all truly blessed.

Huguette E. said...

That is some scary!! Thank God an angel was looking over him today! So glad he's ok!

lfhpueblo said...

GOD IS GOOD, SO VERY GOOD. What a wonderful woman to have noticed and taken care of your son. I am so glad this situation had a perfect outcome.

clarissa@neiding.com said...

this is insane. I can't believe a child could walk away from his school like that. Schools are usually so careful these days. My children's school playground is totally fenced in and a teacher stands at the gate during recess times. I think its time for that school to upgrade security!!

I am so glad he is ok. I can't even imagine your terror.

Colleen said...

I can't even imagine...

I'm so glad Owen is safe.

dddiva said...

Oh thank God, to read something with a happy ending- I saw just the beginning on FB. *whew* breathing a sigh of relief for you- I'm sure you are still freaking, I know I would be.
You are so blessed - and that wonderful guardian angel who helped him out. I'm glad he was safe and that it was not the tragedy it could easily have been.

 
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