How Does This Happen?

You notice stories like this all the time whether it was in a mall or in an airport and I just don’t understand how parents, not only all over this country but all over the world continue to focus more on getting to their destination on time rather than the welfare of their children. I especially like how the story points out that they made sure that their 18 suitcases for the entire family was accounted for but disregarded whether all the children had made it on board safely.

It was a 3-YEAR-OLD! You would think someone account for her amongst the two parents and four other children that were going. The scary part of all this (as if leaving a child at the airport wasn’t enough) is that they did not realize that the child was missing at all until notified by the airplane crew that their child had been safely found by authorities at the airport.

JERUSALEM – Israeli airport police say a couple going on a European vacation remembered to bring their duty-free shopping and their 18 suitcases, but forgot their 3-year-old daughter at the airport.

The couple and their five children were late for a flight to Paris Sunday and made a mad dash to the gate. In the confusion, their daughter got lost. A policeman found her wandering around the terminal, crying for her mother.

Israeli media report Monday that the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents, whose names were not released, didn’t notice the child was missing until they were told, in the air, that she had been found at Ben-Gurion airport.

The child, accompanied by an airline staffer, took the next flight to Paris where she was safely reunited with her parents.

The more common but still sad stories that you see in the news here at home is that parents and to a lesser extent babysitters who often leave little children locked in a car when they quickly step out to get something from a store or just happen to forget there is a child in the car when they go to shop in a mall. You hear more about these cases in the scorching heat of the summer when that mistake often turns out to be fatal for the infant.

As the saying goes, everyone seems to be in a rush nowadays just to get to their destination and not enjoy the journey. One rushed trip to the mall can cost a life. One run towards the airport terminal could have meant a lost child and a separated family. Take a step back, slow down and I’m sure the mall isn’t going anywhere and make sure to grab the kid next time you’re running towards airplane like you’re in Home Alone.

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