Thursday, March 26, 2009

code blue & Sweet Nightingale
















"Code blue, code blue, can I get everyone to the turbine hall. We are looking for a 4 year old boy with bright red hair." I was doing everything I could not to cry. "I'll go help look," I told her. "No stay here with me, it will be better if you can be there when they find him."


He was running right in front of me, not even that far ahead. It it is spring break here. We go to OMSI (oregon museum of science and industry) all the time, I have never seen SO many people here. It was like he disappeared out of nowhere. My friend Pam who was visiting from Boise said "here I'll take Lucy you go look for him." I looked everywhere! I ran to all his favorite places to play, I knew I needed help. I headed to the front desk. "I lost my son," I said trying to act calm. She took me to a manager who got on the walkie talkie and called the code blue.

I felt so helpless. It was the most terrible feeling. "I have a red haired boy here," I heard a ladies voice say through the radio. "I think they found him," the woman with the walkie talkie told me. I waited, hoping it would be him who she walked through the door with. The tears came and I couldn't stop them, when I saw my little Trey boy walk through the door. I ran scooped him up and held him tight. He looked very confused. I don't know if he even knew he was lost.

It was definitely his red hair that made the search go so quickly. If I would have said I had lost my 4 year old brown haired boy it would have taken a lot longer, and I bet they would have had to bring in a number of kids that weren't even mine, till we found him.














I hugged him tightly all day. As we drove home I reached back and he held my hand most of the way home. My husband has been out of town the last few days, so the kids and I slept on our big blow up mattress together that night. Trey and Lucy were snuggled up right next to me.


I usually tell them a few stories about little made up adventures with them as the characters, and then end with a song. This does the trick, and Trey especially falls right to sleep. I was singing that song from Cinderella "oh sing sweet nightingale, sing sweet nightingale, sing sweet....nightingale," when I noticed Lucy started singing it too. She wrapped her little arm around my neck and sang it in her sweet little voice till she fell asleep. It was priceless.

19 comments:

The Atkins said...
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The Andrews said...

You just made me cry too...I can imagine how you must have felt. You are so lucky that kid has got a head of glowing red hair-that definitely must have helped! Tanya, you are an awesome mom--those kids are so blessed to have you as their mom!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Oh my...what an experience...My sister just had that happen at a store..instead of going to her dad, two registers away...she decided to go to the toy section...My sisters pain of not being able to even remember what her little girl was wearing....

Red hair saves the day...I know that your heart will skip when ever you think of it...

Kelly Munns said...

holy cow. i can't even imagine. it's like we blink our eyes and the world skips ahead of us... just stop blinking! i'm glad they found him..and luckily there's really only one way in and one way out, right? that little redhead is going to give you many heart attacks, isn't he?!

ps. i feel dumb that i didn't know pam was here. i hope you guys had fun together. i had to let you know i got the necklace. i put it on right away (either i wear it or stare at it because it is gorgeous!) and i have gotten like four compliments on it in just one day! amazing. i love it...and the love-card that came with it :) you're a great friend!

Randy, Capri, and Wyatt said...

Oh man! I can't even imagine!!! I am so glad that you found him. Where did he head off too?

Michelle said...

Oh wow...too scary!

Erin said...

Oh, I feel your pain...my then 6 year old son disappeared at 9:00 o'clock at night at DISNEYLAND! It took 1/2 hour to find him...he was the generic brownish-blondish, brown-eyed boy...just thinking about it sends my heart racing and he's 13 now...

RaeAnn said...

so glad all it right with your world again...i love hearing of your mom adventures, as long as they all have happy, singing, endings. :)

Greg and Stephanie Hanson said...

i have been there before, scary place to be!! i am glad he was returned safe and sound! thank goodness for bright red hair!

bretsgirl said...

You have me in tears. That is one of every mother's worst nightmares. I am so glad that everything worked out. I have had a few scares, but my kids turned out to be just a few feet away. In just that one moment, my heart stopped with fear. I can't imagine it lasting longer than that. You were able to end the day wonderfully though. How sweet!

Emily said...

i bet your heart is STILL pounding. i just sick just thinking about those scary times...i'm so glad they found trey so fast.

i love imagining you snuggling with your kids. i wish you were my mom too.:)

and call me already! i keep getting your voicemail...did you loose it or is it just not charged?;)

Ashley said...

oh man. That's so traumatic. I'm glad the red haur was a good tip off. I'm glad he's alright.

Wendy D said...

Tanya that is so scary. When sadie was a2 1/2 we were at fred meyer and she ran away from me....they CLOSED the store and every employee had to stop what they were doing for 15-20 min and look for sadie!!! i was terrifyied

Stephanie said...

That's awful!! Poor mom :(
Glad to know he was found safe and sound.. that has to be one of the worst feelings ever!
Sounds like you ended the night just perfectly tho!

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

ohmygosh. I am so feeling your pain right now, and am so sad you had to go through that! What a sweet, priceless way to end the day - SO perfect!

Lainey said...

You made me cry

Kelly Munns said...

i love twilight. i just read the first book and saw the movie. today i started the second book. and since you wont allow comments on how you want to be a vampire, i have to comment on your poor trey post. ps. i don't blame you. i can see you totally loving edward more than the next girl!

Em Russ said...

Hey, I just saw you featured on Tip Junkie! Way to go girl!!

The Blandon's said...

Oh my, my heart stopped just reading the post. I knew it would end happy, but it still gave me that pit in the stomach felling. I am glad he has that defining hair which saved the day.
I am glad all is well!