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What Child Is This?

2009-03-06 - 11:23 a.m.

After getting up so gawd-awful early yesterday, I DID make it to the River Belle for breakfast.

Afterward, I walked - a lot. No rides, just walking and browsing.

But something did happen at Disneyland that scared me.


I was walking past the Tea Cups, smiling at folks, waving at kids, helping families with picture taking - the kind of stuff I usually do at Disneyland. Something about that place just turns me into a big kid.

Anyway, a little girl of maybe four walked past me - all alone, sobbing like crazy.

As I turned around, someone else - a lady with two kids of her own - asked the question: "Are you lost?"

A very young child lost in Disneyland. At least there's lots of friendly people about who will help.

She was so frightened she couldn't tell me or the Lady Samaritan her name. The Samaritan and I scanned the area - no panicked mommies anywhere to be seen.

The lady and I walked the child over to a shop. The lone attendant told us she couldn't leave her post, but there were extra folks at the Mod Hatter who could take the child to City Hall, where the lost-and-found is.

As we headed in that direction, the little girl suddenly pointed to the line for Storybook Land and said "mommy" very clearly. We went over there and found the girl's family. They were in the line and had been there for at least a few minutes because there was about twenty people behind them already. The girl's older sister (I'm guessing, here) turned around, saw the little girl on the other side of the fence, and said, "...oh!"

The mom turned around, saw her daughter, and said this how-did-you-get-over-THERE statement. I hoisted the girl over the fence and into her mom's arms. The mom thanked us for helping and went back to comforting her daughter.

This hopefully will be a good lesson for the little girl. But what amazed me was this:

The family had no clue the girl was gone.

You'd think a family would keep an eye on their kids as much as possible, and know when they were gone.

You'd think so. You'd be wrong.


Anyways, after that I came home, took a nap, and ran errands.

Day off good.


Congress votes for cloture today on the $410 billion omnibus spending bill. Nancy Pelosi wants it passed as is - no changes at all.

First paragraph:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) confirmed that if any changes are made to the omnibus spending bill in the Senate, she thinks Congress should scrap the effort and pass a continuing resolution to cover spending for the rest of the year.

With 9,000 earmarks in it, scrapping it sounds like a good idea. There aren't supposed to be earmarks in anything anymore - President Obama promised that. How dare Congress disobey the President.


And as if you needed any more proof that taggers are idiots, I present this from Failblog.


Okay, today is the appointment with my tax guy. This year everything is ready...including me.

Be seeing you.


5 comments so far

JtB - 2009-03-06 20:09:48 -
9,000? First it was 8,000. Then over 8,000. Now 9,000. Why don't we just cut to the chase, call it a million and take the rest of the month off?


artgnome - 2009-03-06 20:26:01 -
how's this for parenting. I drove to a church one day where there was a function, and an 18 month old baby was just wandering out the parking lot into the path of my car. Turns out the child was one of the pastor's, and he (nor did anyone else) didn't know or even notice the child was missing. nice.


Dave - 2009-03-06 23:33:36 -
Ya know, I'm not a parent - never gonna be. All I try to be is the best uncle I can for my niece and nephew. So maybe I don't know anything about taking care of a child. All I know is, if you're in a big place like Disneyland (or even a smaller one, like Camelot) and your kids are that young, you should know where they are at all times. IMHO, of course.


Jeff - 2009-03-07 16:49:41 -
Um...maybe the taggers like really luxurious sheets?


Sami - 2009-03-09 17:21:28 -
I've worked with kids for years and years. And it never ceases to amaze me what parents do and for that matter, don't do. I really think they should force people to carry one of those 'fake babies' around, the ones that scream and cry and shake. That way it will scare them into, hopefully, not procreating.


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