So, Sean met me with the kids after work at KFC so we could use our free meal coupons before they expire tomorrow. We were denied the free meal, but instructed to fill out a form to receive a coupon by mail for another time. Filling out eight forms took both Sean and myself a few minutes. We sent the kids out to the car together to get buckled in, got in our respective cars and drove away. About two minutes into the drive I realized that Lydia and Betsy were not with us. A kid can hide in a fifteen passenger van without a problem. Looking in the rear view mirror I could see Lydia with Sean. But where was Betsy?
We quickly did a U-turn and with my heart in my throat we made a B-line right back to KFC. She was waiting eagerly by the door with an employee. I expected that she would be in a crying heap, but she was not. Our Elizabeth is growing up and handled the situation beautifully.
When we got home there was this message on the machine:
Hi. This is Elizabeth B...... I'm lost mom, um, and I'm at a restaurant. Do you think you could come back and get me? Ummm....I'm at KFC in Avon. That's where I am. Bye.
Betsy had gone into the restroom and come out to find herself abandoned. She told the lady at the counter that her big white van was gone and asked to use the phone. We asked her how long it took for us to come back. She said, "Oh, about 20 seconds." Yeah, that 20 seconds added about 200 white hairs to my head.