Where is Chloe?

Where is Chloe?

Every parent knows this moment… an instant passes, you divert your attention and your child is suddenly not in sight. Thankfully, these moments are generally rare and end happily with our little one snuggled in for a hug (likely after a stern reprimand) and a silent or audible prayer of thanks. Last Friday night, at our son’s schools homecoming football game, we lost our littlest. She didn’t know she was lost of course, she was gallivanting around the stadium with a couple 4th grade girls she’d latched onto–little girls that were going out of their way to include her and even took her across the stadium to the snack bar to get a Gatorade. Police were present, the place was literally packed with families and I think as safe as any public place can be, but my stomach filled with fear and dread in those moments when I couldn’t locate her. The “what ifs” were unbearable. So, how do we raise independent children in a world that we often fe…