The other day I had to run into my Mecca for a quick return and a few purchases. I commended myself on successfully avoiding the snack bar (or whatever you call it) and then did something really (especially in retrospect) STUPID.
Now I think Baby's personality has been well established as has her fearless love of danger.
Well... when we got to Target and I only needed a few things I decided that we could try not taking a cart (she just throws stuff from it anyway) and try walking through the store with a little basket.
Yes (again in retrospect) it was kind of like the night (4 AM) that I decided to try walking Canine (4 months old) without a leash (in NYC). That didn't end well (me lunging out into traffic to tackle him to the ground).
Either did this...
So we're walking through Target. It was midday and so pretty empty. I needed to pick out some girls shirts... Baby REALLY enjoyed reorganizing the stacks of clothes in the girl department (don't worry Target employees I did my best to put everything back). Then we needed to get a few more things in the baby section.
Baby REALLY liked to reorganize the clothes in the baby section. And after awhile I had what I needed and we needed to move along. But Baby wouldn't. So I thought about what to do and I decided to bust out the Old School "I'm leaving" and slowly walk away. I did this pretty loudly and a couple other moms saw me and heard me and may have snickered... this comes into play with the embarrassment factor I was about to endure.
As I left the section Baby kept in a parallel line with me. She wasn't coming out of the section but she was keeping up with me and could see me. I thought that was a good sign. When I made it to the end of the section I decided to step around the corner and wait a second.
Of course she would come running.
I mean that is what happens... right?!
Two seconds later (literally) I pop back over to her side of the section.
Baby is gone.
I am running and frantically looking under all the clothes.
How far could she possibly get?
How did I end up in a horrific Lifetime Original Movie about child abduction?!!!
I AM SUCH AN IDIOT!!!!!!
I'm starting to panic and hate myself and wondering how to get the store LOCKED DOWN.
She's two for crying out loud and would happily run out the door and into TRAFFIC!!
She's faster than the speed of light!!!
Then I saw a glimpse of something small, moving quickly, through the shelves of boxes of strollers and car seats.
It was Baby.
She saw me and then put some serious gas on it.
She tumbled through the display to the other side of the divider and took off down the other aisle.
I had to run all around the entire section to get around the divider and catch her taking off to the back of the store.
I did catch her.
She was not scared.
She was thrilled.