The Day I Lost My Nephew

I was at SeaWorld with my sister and her two kids, master 7 and miss 6. We were watching the dolphin show and when it finished my nephew said he was busting to go to the toilet. As there were thousands of people wanting to get out of the arena at once, I hurried to get him to the toilet and told my sister not to rush, I would meet the girls soon.

There was a section shaped in a V with a big sign saying Dolphin Cove. It was right near the toilet block and I had clear view to see my sister and niece coming down the path from the arena. My sister would not have been able to walk past me without noticing me so I stood in that place and told master 7 to go to the toilet and come straight back. I didn’t take my eyes off him as he ran off in the direction of the toilet, which was only about 10 metres away. The door he thought was the men’s entrance wasn’t the right one, so he ran around the other side of the building. I saw him do this but didn’t run after him, staying where I was thinking that my sister wouldn’t know where to meet us if I moved. (My sister and I would normally both have our mobile phones on us but on this particular day we didn’t).

My sister made her way out of the crowd about 5 minutes later and found me at the end of the path. By that time my nephew still wasn’t back from the toilet and my sister immediately knew something was wrong. We split up to try and find him. I ran around the block and couldn’t see him so yelled out to him inside the men’s toilet and there was no response. I asked someone to go in and look. By then the crowd had thinned right out but he was nowhere to be found. I ran up to another area of the park where we were previously that day to see if he had gone there. I couldn’t find him. I was completely panicked, feeling terrible and careless. What was master 7 feeling?

I later found my sister, in what seemed to me like 10 minutes, but I’m sure it was only a couple of minutes. She had my nephew with her and told me he found his way back to the spot I was standing initially and was waiting with a staff member. She also said a mother with 3 young children approached her and assured her that she was watching master 7 and was going to stay until he was reunited with his parents.

I’m sure I’m not the first Aunty to lose sight of her nephew and I’m sure I won’t be the last. I never want to feel like that again so master 7 and miss 6 have temporary tattoos on them now. It’s a huge peace of mind for such a little price.

About Raelene Jackson

An effective blend of mother and professional that has created TRENDe-tatts; an affordable, practical way to keep your loved ones that little bit safer.

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