Yesterday I thought I had a bad day. My phone wasn’t working, I couldn’t Google, I couldn’t blog, I couldn’t take a 1000 identical pictures of my boy doing cute stuff.
Today, though, was an actual bad day. The mother of all bad days I’ve had so far as a mum. Yes, in comparison to some of the awful stuff other mums go through…this is minor, but for me…big shit!
I locked my baby in my car.
Obviously not on purpose and obviously everything that could help me was locked in there with him. He was never in danger. The whole disaster was over and done with in less than 20 minutes, thanks to my awesome husband, a wonderful real-estate agent and the super fast service from AA. Apparently I’m not the only one either. The AA reported that over 1500 children and pets were accidentally locked in the car in 2015!
Now I’d love to say that I was the picture of serenity and calm. Logically dealing with the situation with a rational mind. I would be lying! If becoming a mum has taught me anything, it’s that I’m not calm in a crisis! I felt sick. Within 30 seconds I was working out how to smash the window of my beautiful new car without hitting the baby! Had I been on my own, I honestly don’t know if I would’ve held it together.
That has totally freaked me out. What if one day, he’s in actual danger or is seriously poorly? Is the panic I felt a good thing…nature’s way of making sure I do something? Scientific American says that panic and panic attaks are all part of our ‘fight or flight’ response but can nature and instinct get us all the way through a critical situation?
I’ve known lots of families who have gone through real trauma and they all say the same thing, ‘you just get through’, ‘you find the strength’. Where from though and how?!
I hope that I would.
I hope I never have to find out.
I’m certainly never leaving my keys in the car again!
*did you know, the AA offer an emergency service, with no charge, when children or pets are locked in the car. This applies to both members and non-members.*
Link to Scientific American article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-do-we-panic/
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