Crash had a really shit day on Saturday. After swimming, he took the kids to Broadway shopping centre so that Ben could go to a birthday party at IntenCity. Unfortunately, Charlie really, really liked IntenCity. Crash gave him a game of air hockey and then promised him another after they had finished the shopping Crash wanted to do.
It was all going ok (Charlie approved of the porridge making device, but disapproved of the casserole making device) until Crash headed out to the car to deposit the purchases. Perhaps Charlie felt that his deal had been broken. For whatever reason, he took it upon himself to go back to the birthday party, without warning.
It was an hour before Crash found him.
For the people who walked past the crying three year old in Broadway on Saturday, I have a few tips:
- If you see a small child with no obvious adult nearby, take 15 seconds out of your precious life to scan for an adult that looks like it belongs to the child.
- If the child is crying, don't walk away unless you are positive an adult is overseeing a tantrum.
- If there is no adult watching a crying child, ask them if they are ok. Worst case scenario it will take you 5 minutes to take the kid to security and you can get on with your life. You will save an adult and child a great deal distress.
On the plus side, we've had the massive scare that should stop Charlie bolting again and it all ended well. Poor Crash needed a lot sympathy and kindness that night.