Remember when everyone was making paper tole pictures. Well I made them too, and just loved making them. I found it really engrossing cutting all the tiny pieces and layering them up. One day when the boys were really little, Sam about 4 and Jack about 18 months old, I was working on a picture. I set up a card table and a bright lamp in my bedroom to work, so the boys wouldn't have to smell the pungent glass silicone smell. The boys were sitting in the lounge watching ABC kids, probably Thomas the Tank Engine or The Wind in The Willows. I was working on this picture.
It was fabulous fun. Eventually I looked up and realised it was dark (about 5.30ish - it was the middle of winter) and I hadn't checked on the boys. The house was dark, and there, illuminated by the glow of the television, was Sam just as engrossed as I had been. But where was Jack? I asked Sam, but he didn't know.
I turned on the lights and searched the house. No Jack! Even now I can clearly remember how it felt as my anxiety levels started to rise. I checked the doors, they were closed and the handles are high so he couldn't have gone outside, could he? Never-the-less I ran outside, no Jack! I started to shout his name- both outside and inside. No Jack!
I'd now been searching for about 15 minutes. Time to call the police. My heart was pounding so rapidly I could hardly speak. When I look back it was amazing how the police officer got me to calm down and describe what had happened. It took the police three minutes to arrive.
And the search began. Within minutes Jack was found. Fast asleep. Inside his wardrobe. Inside the dress-up box. The police were fabulous as I felt terrible about wasting their time. Poor little tired Jack had put himself to bed, somewhere quiet and warm.
I do still love this picture, but every time I look at it I remember how it felt to lose my child, even if only for minutes, and how much I love my boys. The Victoria Police really were my treasures that day.What do you treasure? We'd love to see... Please leave a link with Mr Linky.