Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday's Memory 2-18-09 "Everything is fine"

My first born son, John Michael Corbett at age 3

The following memory I shall never forget, it has been embedded in my mind forever..
As I still hear the words:
"Don't be alarmed "Everything is fine" The boys are in their beds asleep, but I know you want to know why I am here."


Actually as we drove up our street that was what I was thinking, when I saw the Mom of our sitter.
We left the children with Debbie her teenage daughter because her sister Donna who was our regular sister and older had to go to an after-school activitity and she would not be back by 6:30 the time we had to go on our listing appointment in town less than 5 minutes away.
Before we left we said to John Michael, 3 years old, a very bright child.
"Mommy and Daddy need to go to your friend Faustos's house to talk with his parents on business and we will be back really soon. Be good and listen to Debbie, Donna's sister and play with your trucks. Debbie is going to watch you and Mark"
He understood we hugged and left, no crying he went to his Tonka trucks and was fine.
SO we thought.........
We asked what happened? Why are you here?
Debbie called me all upset. She said "I was changing Mark and I had left John Michael sitting by the sliders playing with his trucks. I told him I'll be right back that I was going to go and change his brother's diaper.
He shook his head yes.
When I came back to the kitchen He was gone, I went outside and called him, He didn't seem to be around.

Debbie said you left at 6:25 and would be back by 8:00 It was 7:15 when I arrived. I told her we need to call the police. As I was about to call, there was at your front screen door 2 teens and there was John Michael smiling that he had been on quite an exciting adventure.
I opened the door and he ran to Debbie and said,
"Look what I have!"
In his little hand he was holding a nickel.
We asked what had happened.
He said, "I went to see Mommy and Daddy. I knew where I was going. I know Fausto's house behind Bellows."
The girls then spoke and said that is what he said when we saw him walking alone on River Road near Bellow's Funeral Parlor.
We asked him where he lived. He said he knew but would not tell us. So we took the coin out of our pocket and said," Will you show us where you live if we give you this shiny coin?"
"Yes, so we held his hand and here we are right to the door. "

Unbelievable!!
As my DH and I thought about this incident hours later, we couldn't imagine how he went by so many neighbor's houses and no one saw this little one walking along by himself.
We lived at the top of a hill. His journey took him down the hill past 4 houses, then a left on to Holiday Drive, he walked past another 24 houses 12 on each side to the main road, River Road.
There he went past more houses, an elementary school that he would be going to, and the cars on the street.
It was in front of Bellows , 2 blocks further from the school that the teens saw him and approached him and brought him home.
Anyone could have picked him up. We thanked God so much for this not happening and placing these 2 friendly teens at the right moment to meet John Michael. "Praise the Lord"

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23 comments:

Lynnette Kraft said...

Oh goodness. That's crazy! I'm so glad the teens saw him. Is he still so adventures and confident? hee hee

Linda said...

What a memory! I praise God that he was found and that he was ok.

When I was expecting my second baby girl I used to take my little 17 month toddler daughter to the park all of the time,... which was down the street a few blocks, and we had to cross a semi- busy neighborhood street to get there. We went everyday and we always walked and I guess she learned the way. Because,..after the baby was born I was nursing her one day and I was also talking on the phone, and my toddler kept coming in and saying,..."Park". She wanted to go to the park. I told her mommy was busy,...but she said "Park" again and again and then went in the other room. Then I got off the phone and went to the other room to see what she was doing and I couldn't find her. She had opened the door and was running down the street towards the park! I put the baby in her crib and ran as fast as a new mother could run and I grabbed a hold of her just as she was coming to the busy cross street! Praise God! She could have been hurt or killed!!!
I am sure that He spared her and protected her from harm that day.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Lynnette,
My John Michael is such a Leo. He is very independent and very adventurous individual always has been and still is. He excelled in Boys Scout to the renowned "Eagle Scout" Now he is the father of 2 sons, who I can see are following his traits, especially his firstborn who is also a Leo.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Linda,
So happy God watched over your child as he did over my son. Children are determined individuals with their minds set on doing something and they want it now.

Sally-Ann said...

I am so happy that everything turned out OK!! Just reading your post made my heart go a mile a minute.

Cherdecor said...

I almost didn't read this post because I do not like to read sad stories about children, but I did and glad that I did. Praise the Lord that he was not picked up by bad people and harmed.

Vicky said...

Oh yes....when your son sets his mind to something....he does it. Both the boys are deifintely taking after their daddy!

Kristin said...

Wow! Those teens were his angels, for sure! I'm so glad he was okay!

GrandmaKathleen said...

SALLY-ANN, I am so glad that his adventure had a happy ending, too. I also enjoy reading happy blogs and not aad ones.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Cherdecor,
I am glad you read about my son's adventure that took place 35 years ago. I feel that his life may have been more in danger in today's world than years ago.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Vicky, His personality is unique and his stubborness can be traced to his Portuguese ancestry and he acts so much like me.
I can see the boys following his behavior as well.

GrandmaKathleen said...

KRISTIN:
Each time I think of that episode in his life I thank the Lord for those sweet teens.

George said...

I think this just goes to show that there really are angels among us. There were angels watching over John Michael as he was walking along those streets and the angels that brought him home. Neat story!

Rosezilla said...

Oh, my goodness, sometimes it seems amazing any of our children survive! I'm so thankful it turned out ok. Our middle son was the one that kept us hopping! Always impulsive and adventurous. Somehow we ALL survived his childhood!

TJ said...

What a good ending to a story that could have been different. Praise the Lord!

GrandmaKathleen said...

George,
You are so right we do have angels with us at all times, our guardian angels,and am I blessed that they were with our son and those teens on that day he walked with what could have been danger grounds.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Rosezilla,
It is so true we have a very responsible job as parents but somedays our children do things that we are not aware of and make us anxious, and make us as you say "hopping". There is never a dull moment with active curious children.

Danna Crawford said...

WOW... Tears had filled my eyes as I was fearful to read on and then the JOY filled the room!

Awesome , awesome and whewwwww!

Praise God for sure with a special angel looking out for a special child! Blessings sure have been pouring from the heavens upon you and your family!!!
Psalms 91:11

Lydia said...

That is one amazing story. I think "down memory lane" is a beautiful idea.
There's more about Roomba at my blog just for you!

Lydia said...

Oh, wow. Jim Reeves' "Welcome to my World" played just after I finished my comment. That was one of my mother's favorites.....so you gave me MY walk down memory lane. Thank you.

GrandmaKathleen said...

TJ,
I am so blesses that my son had those teens there for him.
Praise the Lord!

GrandmaKathleen said...

Danna,
Thank you for stopping by and leaving me such sweet words.
I agree with you 100%, John Michael had a special angel looking out for him on that day, his Guardian angel was at his side.
We so have an Awesome God.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Lydia,
I also love this Wednesday Walk down Memory Lane. Fabulous way to document the events in our past and present for our family and friends.
I am glad my Jim Reeves' "Welcome to my World" brought back a joyous memory of one of your Mom's favorite songs.