VIGILANT: alertly watchful especially to avoid danger
Yesterday, I took Son and Daughter to the Pacific Science Center. During our escapade, Daughter stopped my heart with a disappearing act. I estimate 4.3 years were removed from my life.
Son and Daughter were playing in the water table. Son was working on building dams and Daughter seemed amused by the floating boats. Until she wasn’t.
It happened so fast. I was helping Son build a dam and then looked up and couldn’t find Daughter anywhere. I am not a fearful person, but there is something truly terrifying about losing a child in a room full of strangers with multiple exits.
Luckily, I found her quickly. She had walked into the tot play area adjacent to the water table and was happily climbing the side without a care in the world.
I was surprised that she was able to get into the gated area alonet since there is a Science Center employee stationed at the gated entrance. I had always assumed that the employee was there to ensure every short person had a corresponding tall person before entering or exiting.
I quickly walked into the tot area to discuss the specific expectations associated with my previous command to “stay close to Mommy” with Daughter.
On the way through the gate I nearly tripped over the gate-guard employee’s white cane.
Surely there is a more appropriate job assignment.