Monday, April 25, 2005

Little lost girl

Last night, about 10:30pm, my roommate took the dogs out for a final bladder check before bed. She comes rushing back in saying there was a little girl wandering around on the lawn.

Now, my roommate is prone to drama so I was sure she had seen a child but just hadn't noticed the parent. But, being the good roommate I am, I leave my TV show (Grey's Anatomy - great show) and wander outside.

Sure enough, there's a little pixie of a girl standing on the lawn. I look around, no adult in sight. I went over to her and she wasn't in any distress. But she was a bit disoriented, wearing her nightgown, blankie and what looked like princess dress-up shoes.

I asked her where she lived and she pointed to a apartment about across the parking lot - a substantial ways away if you are three (or so), traveling in the dark in your princess dress-up shoes.

So I picked her up and she directed me home. I asked if she was ok, if there was something bad at home, etc trying to find out why this tiny child had wandered away. She was completely nonpulsed, readily gave me her name and her mommy's name.

So we reached her apartment and the door was wide open, all the lights off. I shouted "hello" and rapped on the side of the wall a few times trying to get someone's attention. Finally a young guy came down the hall and I heard a female waking up in another room. The little girl had walked into the woman's (mom's?) room on her own. They guy sort-of blurted out a thank you as he was looking into the woman's room. I asked if everything was ok - he said yes. So I left.

Everything seemed to be fine. I left but since I've wondered if I should have done/said/asked more. I hate to be a bother or seem to be judging a good parent but it would kill me if something was wrong and that child needed help that I didn't provide. I've thought about knocking on the door today to see if things are ok....

I wondered if the little girl was maybe just sleepwalking? She certaintly wasn't upset about being outside in the dark....

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a parent, kids can get away from you so quickly, but that did sound like a strange situation. It might put your mind at ease to just go over and just to see if she is OK. Maybe it is like that commerical with the cat and man cooking dinner. (the cat was covered with red sause and he had a knife in his hand and his date walks in.) Sometimes if you only caught a brief glimse of my life it could be misleading.

Knottyboy said...

OMG!!! I just read this, popped up and read the follow up and now reread this post. HOLY cow that's scary! Thank god you got her home.
k

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