This past weekend, was quite adventurous. I dropped by a friend's house while on my way to NJ for a few minutes on Saturday afternoon. While on my way out, my husband and I noticed a little boy on a bike across the street crying and yelling "help me!" Immediately, we went over to him to see what was wrong. Crying hysterically, he explained that he was following his dad on his bike but had lost him and did not know which way to go.
After looking around for a while, we realized there was no one on a bike anywhere nearby. My husband even drove around in his car in the surrounding streets to see if he could find anything - but no luck! I stayed with the little boy, Nikki, the whole time in hopes that someone would come looking for him, but there was no one. I tried talking to the little boy in between his hysterical crying. I tried calming him down to see if he knew any phone numbers that we could call, but being that he was only 7, he did not have any numbers memorized. He did know his home address however. Immediately, I did a reverse lookup of the address online and verified the name the little boy gave me and confirmed it was his house. My husband plugged in the address into his GPS and decided to drive by the house to see if he would run into anyone. After he got there, he called me to tell me there was a bike in the front yard, but no one home and no cars in the driveway. Just as he was about to hang up the phone, a woman approached him to see what he was doing around the house. It was Nikki's mom! After explaining the situation, she immediately jumped in her car with a friend and followed my husband to where we were.
Obviously the mom was very scared and crying hysterically, hugging her son tightly when they were reunited. She repeatedly thanked us and gave us tight hugs as well. Apparently her son had been lost for a few hours and the police were out looking for him, along with the entire family and neighbors. Luckily we were there to see the little boy cry for help and were able to reunite him with his family. After seeing how emotional the mom and son both were, it brought tears to my eyes to see a happy ending and I am glad I was able to help.
Being involved in such a situation, it got me to think about how important it is for children to have some sort of ID tags on them at all times in case they get lost or need an emergency contact. Even though children are taught their home addresses and phone numbers as early as possible at school, not all children are able to memorize so many numbers. After all, it is not just a home number we have to think about anymore. Nowadays, almost all members of the family have their own individual cell phone, along with the home phones and work phones. Just so much to memorize! That is why when I saw this ID tag for children online, I thought it was brilliant and essential for all parents to get for their children.