I didn't get to see you or thank you. I wish I could hug you and somehow repay you. Everything changed so quickly in a matter of seconds tonight. We took our four girls to Wheeler Park to have a picnic with our friends, Jake, Manon and their little daughter Leiden. The kids were having so much fun feeding the ducks and looking at all the animals. My attention was on my one year old triplets, when all of a sudden I realized I hadn't seen my three year old daughter Miriam for at least 30 seconds. I started looking around, asking everyone we were with where she was. After about 30 seconds panic turned into terror. I realized that about 40 feet away from us was a river... with a strong current. For the next 5 minutes, which seemed eternal, I ran along the river screaming for my daughter and screaming at everyone I could see to help me find my daughter. I had a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that she had fallen in the river. I didn't know what to do. I've never felt such sickening horror. I was frantically praying and when the 911 operator told me I needed to calm down, I lost it. "I can't calm down!!!!!" I screamed at her "I can't find my baby and I'm by a river!!!" I was freaking out like a crazed mad lunatic. It was then that I saw our friend Jake running toward me holding my Miriam. He had found her all the way back by the parking lot with you. Thank you for finding my Miriam and keeping her safe from the river, from wandering out to the road, from someone who could have harmed her.
You are someones daughter, friend, probably sister and mother. I know you did what any woman in the world would do when they see a lost child, but to me, it meant the world. I made my Miriam sleep in bed with me tonight. I want her close to me where I can see her and touch her. You were my Angel today. Thank you.