The phone rang early this past Saturday morning, January 7, 2012. It was dispatch calling. “Chief, officers are on a report of a missing 5-year-old,” said the voice on the other end of the line. I listened as the dispatcher provided me with the basic information the officers had gathered to this point, name, description and the time the boy was last seen.
It started out sounding serious enough. In fact, this call type creates an urgency that rivals other types of calls. However, this time tragedy was averted.
The boy’s parents searched the inside of the home before calling officers to help. A short time later relief replaced anxiety when the boy was found hiding in the family’s living room under a chair. Mystery solved and hiding spot noted.
Hide and seek can be a fun game for the child, but only when the seeker knows the game is going on. Talk with your children about when and where to play hide and seek.