Sunday afternoon, Don, Eli, Benny, Charlie, and I were wandering up and down the vendor aisles. The other kids were in the children's programs. Of course every few minutes or so, we would start talking to a vendor or a friend would stroll by...lots of distractions.
All of a sudden, I noticed that Benny was not in sight. Don and I decided to split up and look for him.
At first, I wasn't super concerned, I mean this was the CATHOLIC conference, I felt pretty safe here and trusted most everyone. But as the time ticked by and I couldn't find him, I began to become increasingly more concerned......I started to run and as I saw people I knew, I begged them to help me look.
I started to cry and I pray-cried out loud in a very chaotic informal plea..."Please Jesus.....Guardian Angel....St. Anthony....Help....find him!!" Those few short moments felt like an eternity!
I called Don, he didn't answer his phone. I tried a few minutes later, he answered and told me he found him.
He told me he was at the Sacred Heart booth. I went there and they weren't there!! I called him again and he insisted he WAS there. There were 2 sacred heart booths!
I ran to Benny and held him while he sobbed and sobbed and shook like crazy...poor baby!!
I asked Don where he was. He told me he was headed down one of the rows when he saw a boy around the age of 8 holding Benny's hand trying to find me...."a lady with red hair(not quite) wearing a black shirt"(Benny's description of me) ....
I asked Don what the little boy's name was, I wanted to thank him and his family. Don said he was just so glad to see Benny, he thanked the boy, but forgot to ask him for his name.
I thank God for this little boy who saved our Benny....he was Benny's guardian angel in human form!!
Later that night, we sat all the kids down and a good long talk about what to do in case you get lost.....hopefully never again...but it's good to be prepared...I wish we would have done a better job preparing Benny!! God is so good and merciful!