Monday, October 29, 2012

Little Girl Lost: A Night in the Woods at Age 7

When I was a child, I loved hearing stories from my parents of their own childhoods. They had such interesting ones. Childhood was different back then. More innocent.  But both my parents were in scary, news-making events as a child that were covered by the national media. 

Today, I'm sharing my Mom's story.  When my mom was 7 years old, her family moved to a new house in the neighboring county.  They lived out in the country down a long dirt road. On her first day at the new school, my Mom took the wrong school bus home.  She got off the bus with other kids at the first stop. It looked familiar - woods, dirt road - but it wasn't the right stop.  Mom knew it was a long walk from the bus stop to home, so she walked and walked and walked.  At some point, she remembered there was a shortcut through the woods and she tried to find the path. She didn't. It was the wrong woods and she was lost overnight.


The story was covered by the national media.  In this photo, which was widely distributed, my Mom is still missing. Newspaper photographers took this photo of my mom's parents holding a photo of her and pleaing for her return.

The story does have a happy ending. More than 1,000 volunteers searched for my Mom and a fireman found her the next day.  His first name was Richard and Mom later named her first born son after him.

I made a layout about this story last year, based on an interview with Mom, which is in the journaling block.


I couldn't blog this last year because the layout was picked up for publication.  It was published in March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes.  Mom got a kick from the article because the editor's note talked about ways to preserve the oral histories of your "ancestors."  


Here's a closeup of the newspaper article that's tucked under the photo:


Now that I am a Mom, her story is heart-stopping to me. I can't imagine my fear if my little boy were to go missing.  But when I was a kid and Mom told this story to me, it was always as a fun adventure and I loved for her to tell it to me over and over.  One good thing that came from Mom's unexpected adventure were some great family photos and news clippings from all over.  There was television coverage of this too and I hope to recover it someday.

19 comments:

  1. It's terrible that this happened to your Mom but I love that you scrapped it. This is what the hobby is all about - preserving our family stories!! A fabulous layout! The colours are awesome!

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  2. this is such an incredible story! this is so amazing and how awesome to preserve this family story! love the layout!

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  3. Wow, what a story! I love that you scrapped it so your kids, grandkids, great grandkids etc will all know what happened and be able to read your story. Great layout!

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  4. What an incredible story!!! And I love love love love that you documented it!!! Congrats on having it pubbed!! That is AWESOME!!!!

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  5. Oh my! We have family stories that get told and retold; but none as dramatic! How scary that must have been for her...and her parents!

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  6. Although scary at the time, love the way you documented it. Congrats on the pub. What a story!

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  7. My heart would stop too if Alexa ever went missing. I can't even imagine. It's a story definitely worth scrapping and to have down on paper (12 x 12 and newspaper too). Congrats on the pub, Izzy! I love the comment about your mom being an "ancestor". LOL!

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  8. How scary for your mom and grandparents! Very cool how you scrapped it and congrats on the pub!

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  9. That is a terrifying story for your grandparents! Oh my. I was lost at Disney World for about 10 minutes - I can't imagine being that age and being out there overnight. So happy it ended well and your Mom wasn't forever traumatized by it. This layout is fab! I love the older photo and the newspaper story. Awesome. :)

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  10. How scary for your mom and grandparents! Glad it all had a happy ending.

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  11. I loved this LO when it came out and tore it from the mag before I even realized it was yours. I'm looking forward to hearing the story about your dad.

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  12. I love the layout and saw it in the mag. Congrats to you.

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  13. Nice! What a cool story, sure glad it ended up good and nice layout.

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  14. Congratulations!!! Super cute layout!

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  15. Love the story and great LO.

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  16. What a great story, love how you documented it

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  17. Congrats on your publication what a great layout and rescue!

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