Before I begin this story I want you to know that every thing is okay. No one was harmed in the making of this story.
That's a dramatic start isn't it.
Yesterday started out like any other day. Nothing out of the ordinary...everything was right as rain despite not having any rain for weeks.
Then I received a test from my mom saying my nephew and niece were missing and that they had been missing for a few hours. At first I was very confused. How could they be missing? That just didn't make sense in my mind. As soon as I was able to I called my mom for clarification because she must be wrong they cant be missing.
But she was correct they were in fact missing...last known to be at the park.
I was just sitting in my car distraught and unsure of what do we do next...so I waited. I text my brother and told him to let me know if you need me but still I sat in my car.
Eventually the kids were found unharmed and fine. They didn't even know they were missing, they went to a friends house without permission.
Before I know they were okay my mind went to that bad place.
That place were I store all the horrific things I see and hear because of the nature of my job.
I know how evil people can be to children.
I know in detail what happens to kids who are missing.
I make a big effort to store that stuff in a locked box in my mind.
I try to focus on the good and the people I help.
Its not always easy but you have to do that to stay sane.
And today I am very thankful that they were being normal kids and just went some where with out telling.
I know they probably got in some trouble but when I see them this weekend I am going to have a conversation about doing things that may cause Aunt Michael to get a wrinkle and how I that is never good.
Please hug the kids in your life today.