Friday, November 5, 2010
We were in the children’s clothing section and I was looking through the clothes and asking Daylan what he liked and what he didn’t like and then it happened, I called out to him and there was no reply, he always replies. I began to panic it’s not like Daylan to not reply when I call him or to not be laughing or giggling, I heard nothing. It was silent and my son was gone. The first thing I could think of was just to start calling out his name as loud as I could as raced through the area that we were in but still no reply and no little footsteps running there was nothing just the random chatter of shoppers all calm happy when my son was missing.
My panic got worse my heart started beating out of control at that moment I knew what the parents on tv pleading for their children to be brought back safe felt like. I knew I needed to get help, I stopped every person with a red shirt and a walkie talkie. I was running through the store say you have to find my son his name is Daylan, he has curly blonde hair, a thermal shirt with brown orange and blue stripes. You have to find him he is only three years old. They offered to call him over the intercom, I reiterated that he was only three, paging my three year old wasn’t going to do us any good, everyone needs to be looking for him.
My mind and my head were racing the only thing I could think of was John Walsh in 1981 when his son Adam was abducted from Sears, I kept thinking they never found that little boy only his head OMG where is my baby. My panic quadrupled I was frantic I was screaming through the store “Daylan” “Daylan”.
As I was running one of the Target associates spotted me ran over and said we found him, he is in the front follow me. I was praying to God that it was my son I couldn’t handle a false call not at this moment. I turned the corner and there stood my little boy all smiles. I ran over to scooped him up in my arms, I didn’t know if wanted to beat senseless or just love on him, I chose the latter. I hugged him so tight and all I could say was “Daylan you scared Mommy and I Love You so much” and my little boy looked at me and said “Mommy I scared you? I sorry mommy, I sorry I scared you…I love you back, I love you back” I lost it and tears started following down my face I couldn’t hide it I was thankful my son was standing there because I have no idea how would have handled it if they wouldn’t have found him.
I want to send the biggest thank you ever to the Target associates at the Target in Santa Rosa, CA. If it wasn’t for them there is no way I could have found him by myself. If your ever at Target and you hear a walkie saying code Yellow it means there is a missing child and probably a frantic mother looking for her baby so keep your ears and eyes open.
There are so many children that don't make it home please help there parents have some peace: