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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:00 PM

Who here ever got left somewhere as a kid? I was left in the St. Laurent Shopping Centre when I was

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4. The whole family was eating ice cream cones and sitting on a bench. I was day dreaming as per my usual state. My family left at some point. A lady from my families neighbourhood came across me and gave me a lift home.

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Reply Who here ever got left somewhere as a kid? I was left in the St. Laurent Shopping Centre when I was (Original post)
applegrove Jun 2012 OP
femmocrat Jun 2012 #1
Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2012 #3
trof Jun 2012 #4
Ashley96 Jun 2012 #5
MineralMan Jun 2012 #6
HappyMe Jun 2012 #8
Kali Jun 2012 #14
madinmaryland Jun 2012 #18
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #7
bluedigger Jun 2012 #9
LaurenG Jun 2012 #10
surrealAmerican Jun 2012 #15
seaglass Jun 2012 #11
raccoon Jun 2012 #12
Kali Jun 2012 #13
ohiosmith Jun 2012 #16
Xipe Totec Jun 2012 #17
mrmpa Jun 2012 #19
Baitball Blogger Jun 2012 #20
Lucy Goosey Jun 2012 #21
applegrove Jun 2012 #24
dr.strangelove Jun 2012 #22
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laundry_queen Jun 2012 #25
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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:06 PM

1. I "lost" my younger son in a shopping center once.

I thought he was with my husband and he thought our son was with me. We rushed to the Information desk to have them announce that there was a child missing. As we were headed there, I heard "Mommy". My son was with two strangers who were bringing him to the information desk to look for his parents.

We were very lucky. And I was very grateful.

The only time I got left somewhere was when I was in high school. My entire family went to see my brother's chorus concert at the junior high. My family just left when my younger sister got fussy! No one told me they were leaving and they couldn't understand why I was upset! True story.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:19 PM

2. I don't think I was ever left anywhere

If we went somewhere, we would not think of returning until everyone was accounted for.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:26 PM

3. I was never left anywhere, as far as I know,

but I did "escape" from my mother in a department store when I was about 4, and she got all frantic until she found me. I was just wandering around looking at stuff, couldn't understand what she was so upset about.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:27 PM

4. Miz t. did.

And she never forgot it.
She was #3 of six kids.
Cajun Catholic family.
NOT devout, though.

Always felt like a 'face in the crowd'.
Typical 'middle kid' syndrome.

Family 'vacation' road trip from Houston to her mom's parent's rice farm near Lake Charles, LA.
Dad stopped for gas along the way.
Miz t. went to the rest room.
When she came out, they were GONE!

I guess they did a nose count a few miles down the road.
All six kids (now five) were crammed into the back seat of a 4 door sedan.

This was WAY before seat belts.


Anyway, they came back and retrieved her.
Dad chewed her out for missing her ride.
He really wasn't that much of a jerk, but definitely not a 'caring person.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:31 PM

5. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:36 PM

6. I never did, but my parents left my sister in a gas station in Arizona

once. About 10 miles later, they noticed and went back. She was having a Coke in the office when they picked her up. She would have been about 5 years old.'

Edit to add: I see I'm still in the lounge. Can't someone help me find my way back to a saner place?

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 10:02 AM

8. This IS a saner place.



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Response to HappyMe (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 01:58 PM

14. nailed it!

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:19 PM

18. It sure beats posting in Meta!!1!! Welcome to teh Lounge!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 09:59 AM

7. Out in the middle of nowhere on a summer school outing.

 

I forget the name of the class, but it involved a trip to a creek to look for life forms. They scared the shit out of us with warnings about leeches and some of the kids wouldn't get near the water. I was one of the ones who tromped out on the adventure. At some point, I realized it was getting late. I headed straight for the road and just before I got there, a bus went by. Figuring I was alone, I headed in the direction of civilization instead of going back a mile or so to where the bus had been parked. About a mile down the road, my ACTUAL bus came by and stopped to pick me up. The "teacher" said he hadn't even noticed I wasn't on the bus. Now THAT made me feel good! Asshole.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 10:17 AM

9. Not as a kid (that I remember, anyways) but as an adult.

I was finishing up work out in a cornfield when my coworkers loaded up three vehicles and left me. I walked out of the corn alone.

Luckily there was a bar a mile down the road.

I spent a couple hours there while they returned to the motel, got the message, and came back for me. This is why I always volunteer to drive.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 10:25 AM

10. Kindergarten

I was four, all my friends were four and five, it was my mom's turn to do carpool, she forgot about us so we started walking home. It was about 1.5 miles to walk, we made it about 1/2 way when she found us.

We knew our way and it didn't seem like a big deal at the time.

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Response to LaurenG (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 06:38 PM

15. I also got left at kindergarten.

My older sister usually walked me home, but she was out sick that day, so my mother had arranged for another child to walk with me instead. The kid forgot, and I was left crying on the steps of the school until some older girls (who knew my sister) recognized me, and walked me home.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 01:00 PM

12. Extraterrestrial aliens left me here when I was a kid. I was hoping for somebody to come get me,


especially from 2000- 2008, but no such luck.



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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 01:55 PM

13. OMG!

makes me want to give you a hug!

we got left at my Grandparents a lot, but it was intentional (and we freaking loved it)

The closest to the situation you are talking about was the time my friend from Germany brought a group of about 15 of her students (and friends) to do a trip to Mexico. We had gone to the Amerind Museum nearby and left one of them there. She was actually only a few miles away - less than a typical hike for them, but she sure panicked. Her sister-in-law was even on the trip, but nobody noticed until somebody at the museum found my number and called. Oops. (I was the van driver on that trip and always did a inventory after that )

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 06:40 PM

16. In a burlap bag in the Olentangy river.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:05 PM

17. Left at school by the bus. First grade...

So I walked home.

Problem is, home was on the other side of town, and I only knew the bus route (I was 5 1/2 in first grade).

So I walked the bus route.

It took the better part of a day to make it home.

By the time I got there, hungry and tired, the whole neighborhood was in an uproar. Police cars, neighbors, people from the school, my mother hysterical. Dad getting ready to shoot the bus driver....

I had no clue I would be missed....

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 11:34 AM

19. Me and 2 of my brothers sent the youngest brother home..........

on the bus. We were 13, 9 (me), 7 and youngest 5. We went downtown for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The youngest complained of being cold and wanting to go home. So we walked him to the bus stop, told him what number he needed to wait for, gave him a dime for bus fare and went back to the parade.

We're now all in our '50's, and the nieces and nephews can't believe we did that. Oh how times have changed.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 11:44 AM

20. You lucky kid.

I was forgotten at a dance class. Had to start running home when it started to get dark. My mom caught up with me when I was half way home. Working mom with five kids. Kind of puts things in perspective when that kind of thing happens.

That kind of memory lasts a lifetime.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 11:49 AM

21. The St. Laurent Shopping Centre in Ottawa? I grew up in east-end Ottawa.

Nobody ever left me anywhere, but I felt compelled to reply here anyway. I spent many hours at St Laurent in my teen years. Now I can be found more often at Rideau (near my work) or Bayshore (near my house.)

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Response to Lucy Goosey (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 01:06 PM

24. Hey!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 12:35 PM

22. I was left at the soccer field

My dad and mom came to the game in separate cars. Both thought the other had me and they left me on the sideline watching another game. before that game was over my dad showed up screaming at me, like it was my fault. I was in first grade.

I left my son at home once when he was an infant. I put him in his seat, but left him inside the house in the AC because it was hot and I had to load the car and turn it on to cool it off. After I was done loading the car, I got in and left. I got about 5 miles away before I realized it. HE was sound asleep in his carseat in the foyer right where I left him. I was scared and pissed at myself, but no harm came of it.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 12:52 PM

23. My parents used to do it intentionally.

Small town New England, 3K people in town and they're all related to me somehow. I'd be running off or being difficult and they'd leave me there until I calmed down and got someone to give me a ride home. A couple times I walked home...usually I'd walk to the firehouse because I knew the passcode for the kitchen-door and sit down to have a Coke and a snack-bag of chips.

They left me in the library enough times that the library assistants all knew my name.

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Thu Jun 14, 2012, 12:15 AM

25. I didn't get left behind

but my parents did forget to pick me up after a basketball practice. Of course, it was the practice that I severely sprained my ankle. I started to hobble home in tears 40 min afterwards when my mom finally pulled up. We did go to the ER later that night. 4th degree sprain. Anyhow.

Oh, another time, my parents were anti-religion but made me take religion (catholic) classes at school. Of course I wanted to go to Sunday school with the rest of my friends, so my parents would drop me off and leave me behind. One Sunday there was no Sunday school (yes, my parents didn't even stick around to see if I got in ok - I was 5) and I had to wander the pews in search of someone I recognized. Was seriously unimpressed. Even more so now that I have kids - wtf?

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Thu Jun 14, 2012, 02:47 AM

26. The Astrodome, Houston.

My grandmother took us all to see Billy Graham (BLECH!). The dome was new and this was probably the first free event they had in the dome. A lot of people probably went just to see the Dome. And no, I did not go down for altar call.

Everyone was leaving, going down those large ramps that zigzag sort of like stairs, but don't have steps. Well, we were in this mob, and my parents had seen somebody they knew, and stopped. I kept walking, nobody grabbed me and stopped me.

So I figured out where the car was, got to the car, and waited like it was no big deal. It was a humongous parking lot. I know the dome held 55,000 people so there were acres of concrete.

I was standing there leaning on the car when my family came up from the distance and my grandmother is crying, thinks I've been kidnapped and she'll never see me again. Mom and Dad and Big Sister are in tow.

I remember that my dad told my grandmother, "You're worried about whether this girl will make it in life, and she found her way to the car, and had never been to the Astrodome before, and she's TEN YEARS OLD??"

I never was sure what "making it in life" will entail.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 06:17 PM

27. kick for more lost people.

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Thu Jun 21, 2012, 07:14 PM

28. I was left behind in high school

I took the SATs in a town about a half hour away. When I was done, there were no parents to pick me up and it was before everyone had cell phones. I was just left sitting on the steps of the school in a strange city for a few hours. When my parents showed up I tried to read them the riot act - but they weren't having any of it. What they'd gone through to try to pick me up had to do with bursting pipes in the house just as they were about to leave, followed by car trouble I think in both cars - it was a complete breakdown and the last thing they needed was a stressed out whiny teenager telling them they needed to try harder.

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