A split second is all it takes for a mishap to happen
As parents, we can never be too careful but there are times when all it takes is a split second for a mishap to happen. This incident happened last week but my heart is still tugging heavily thinking about it. I did not want to share about it because it felt stupid on my part as I was at fault and I still can’t forgive myself but somehow I feel it is good to share so others can be more alert and not let this happen to them.
We were in a hotel that Thursday evening. We went up the elevator to the poolside and after spending some time there, proceeded back to the elevator to go down to the lobby. There are 4 elevators. Let’s name them 1, 2, 3 and 4.
I was holding onto Ayden while big brother Ethan was standing next to the father. Elevator 2 was blinking indicating that it will open and is going down. At that very moment, Ayden took his hands away from me and walked towards the Daddy. I let him.
Elevator 1 opened before Elevator 2 and the Daddy thought of going into it but I told him that it is going UP so we should wait for Elevator 2 and so we waited. Just when Elevator 2 was about to open, I heard footsteps and to my horror I saw Ayden inside Elevator 1, ALONE and the door was closing!
I shouted for Ayden and the Daddy threw himself to the door just in the nick of time to squeeze his palm between the closing door to pry it open. He quickly carried Ayden out while I was slumped on the floor. My entire body went numb.
Our world just froze that second while the Daddy was carrying Ayden tightly and Ethan holding onto me. Neither of us muttered a word. When I finally managed to shake myself out of that shock, the first thing I said was, “What should we do if the door really closed on Ayden?”. The Daddy answered, “I will run up the staircase and you will tell me by the phone which floor he stops. I will run like crazy but I will not stop until I find him”.
Both of us (the Daddy and I) then looked at the boys and told them, if that should ever happen to them, they should stay in the elevator until we find them. We told them NOT to leave the elevator. Just stay put until they see Daddy. But deep down in our hearts we know that it may not be possible for them to just stay put if there are others who boarded the elevator along the way and worse comes to worse, the people is a bad one :(
We went into the car still in a state of shock, thinking how did it happen. I recalled holding onto Ayden. I also remember him letting go to walk towards Daddy BUT I do not remember making sure to see if the Daddy noticed Ayden is with him and to hold his hand. This is where I was at fault. Ayden is my responsibility as I was holding him. I did not make sure the Daddy knows that Ayden is walking towards him. I assumed the Daddy is aware but the Daddy was more conscious of Ethan standing next to him. The Daddy assumed that I was taking care of Ayden while he is taking care of Ethan and in that split second, Ayden went into Elevator 1 because he heard the Daddy saying to go into that but failed to hear me saying that it is going up hence we should wait for Elevator 2.
We are lucky the Daddy managed to hold the door open and get Ayden out of the elevator. It taught us a big lesson to NEVER be careless even for a second. Being a parent is tough. It doesn’t give us a chance for human error. We have to be alert at all times and never take things for granted. Don’t assume, MAKE SURE!
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