It was the summer of 1992. I am mowing the lawn and my five year old son Jason asked me if he could go to the park with his best friend Paul. I said sure but asked him Where can Laura be? He told me she was in the house playing with her toys. The boys walked through the yards all the way to the park and I began mowing again.
The edge of the park could be seen from the back yard of my house. You did not have to cross any streets or face any traffic to go to the park from the house. I was completely confident the boys would have a great time there and be totally safe.
It took me about 30 minutes to finish the back yard then I went to the front. The front took me another 20 minutes or so. If I add in the time I visited with the neighbor and put away the mower it might have added up to an hour. It was now time to go in and clean up.
I entered the house and called out “Hi Laura”. No answer. In my mind I thought she was just playing a game of hide and seek with me so I just went along with it. I washed up and started looking. She was not in the basement where I cleaned up.
Where Can Laura Be?
Up stairs I went. She was not hiding in the shower..or in the closet…or in her bedroom…or in my bedroom…or in my closet..Where can Laura be? I was now starting to worry !
Laura was and is a very independent person. Her favorite saying is ” I do what I want”. The search was now on for a missing almost three year old!
I took Sammy my mixed breed cocker spaniel and child finder to assist with this major task. We checked in the neighbors yard as her friend lived there.. No Laura.
We continued down the backyards towards the park checking every yard she could have been in. Panic is setting in a bit at a time…I am calling her name with no response.. Where can Laura be?
She is not allowed to walk to the park by herself so she would not do that… She listens to her directions..I listen now and Sammy starts running towards the park.
We have found Laura! She is at the park with her brother and Paul! She is not supposed to be there but she does what she wants! I was so happy to find here and she was so happy to be with the boys that all I did was ask here to tell me next time and stayed to play with the four of them! I guess she taught me!
All parents worry about having and raising healthy children. When you have children with painful diseases whether they are hidden or not it is a hard thing to live with. You child is yours from birth until death – hopefully yours comes before theirs as it is not right for any parent to have to bury their own child!
My mother constantly worries about me. Why? I am almost 60 years old but I am still her baby. I have rheumatoid arthritis which slows me down from my writing and other things. It did change my life in many ways but I am handling it pretty well..But my mother checks up on me because she is my mom and I know she sees me as her child running around and playing with my friends..How do I know that? I have two children of my own and that is how I see them at times! This really is not about me so I will move on.
You can probably tell by the theme of my website i am really an advocate for children. I love my children and grand children with all of my heart and sole. I also want all children to have the same love from their parents and grand parents and the chance to live a long and happy life. My children and grand children know how it feels to be cared for at the top level. I honestly believe all children deserve to be healthy and loved. They must have the same feeling of security and being cherished as the children in my family have.
I am sure you know I make a few cents for each purchase you make via the links I have placed on my website. It is a way for me to pay my medical bills which are very high due to my rheumatoid arthritis. The money allows me to keep this website going which is a passion of mine and I hope it touches your heart in some way too. I am doing something for the next year to help children with physical and emotional issues get the help they deserve and need.
St. Judes Children’s Hospital
My website is going to donate 10% of all sales made in 2017 to ST. JUDES CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL The reason I chose this place is it works on both research and hospitalization with no cost to the families. They work on both physical and mental issues. The main reason is they specialize in the care of our most precious ones…our children!
The website address for St. Judes is https://www.stjude.org/ If you go and take a look at all of the things they offer you will be surprised! They are a great place for a child with severe diseases like cancer to go for treatment. It is a place where the kids are with other kids like themselves so they don’t feel out of place. I really believe in the mission and work they do at St. Judes which is why I am doing this. St. Judes leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
You may remember them from ads by Marlo Thomas or their founder Danny Thomas. I hope you will purchase Amazon or other products through my site. When you purchase anything from me it will not cost you any more and you will be helping children. If you choose not to please donate to St. Jude on your own!!
Have a great 2017!