It happened. A moment I never wanted us to experience. Tonight we lost our daughter. We were at the mall, and popped into the Disney Store to look around. Jason was letting me shop, and was keeping an eye on Evie. I was still keeping track of where they were too. Two sets of eyes are better than one with this girl. In one second she took a turn, and we lost sight of her. With having worked in retail for 5 years I quickly got a staff members attention, let her know my daughter was missing and gave her a description and her name. The staff member called “Code Adam” over her walkie talkie so the other staff could know. All the staff stopped what they were doing, and started searching for her. Jason rushed out to make sure she hadn’t zoomed out of the front of the store, I booked it around the inside of the store calling her name. It was the worst, panic and prayer filled minutes I have ever experienced. Thankfully a staff member spotted her finally. I burst into tears the moment I swept Evie up into my arms. I am so thankful for everyone’s quick action, I couldn’t thank the staff there enough. I ended up having to sit for a couple of minutes to collect myself, while Evie played in their little colouring and video clip area and Jason kept a very close eye on her.
The emotion we went through I would hope no one else would ever have to go through, but I know several friend’s of mine who have gone through this too. If you ever find yourself in a similar moment please find a staff member fast, be descriptive of their outfit and what they look like, and let the staff know your child’s age. Often when we go out I also take a moment to capture a photo of Evie, this way we have a recent photo. I was so worried that this may have been a moment where I would have needed that photo. I also learned tonight that Evie will now be handcuffed to us when we go on our family vacation soon.
And in other news… the Disney Store has buy one get one for $1 on most of their stuffies!