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Where Can Laura Be

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!