Recently my neighbor put out a message that she had lost her son’s favorite bedtime toy while walking around Lake Placid. It was a simple request that was answered by moms and dads alike. (Honestly, probably more moms.) Would people please look for lamby? I’d just returned to my car from a walk at the horseshow grounds while waiting for my daughter to finish ballet. I saw the post and my heart seized just a bit. My children, my husband and I still have our blankets and favorite toys.
My car battery didn’t turn over so while I waited for a jump, I called my neighbor to find out her path around the lake. Which side of the road was she on through town? Did she stop at the playground? No one was going to bed tonight without a lamby.
There were many people driving and walking around the lake searching for this child’s comfort toy. While my daughter crawled into the car, I told her the dilemma and asked if she would help. Her response was repeated throughout the evening, “Oh, I could never lose __________*.” (*Insert whatever comfort object you slept with as a child.) I couldn’t turn my car off because of the recent dead battery so we systematically drove and walked around Mirror Lake, searching a section of Main Street and running back to the car.
In the past, I’ve had people ask me to quiet my sick child while waiting for a prescription to be filled. I’ve had people ask me to nurse in a more private location. I’ve been shoved while carrying my child and boarding a plane by people needing to get their carry-on loaded first. While searching for this lamb, I thought people are going to ridicule the importance of this little scrap of material. No one did.
My daughter and I stopped couples on dates, dog walkers, vacationers, locals, and shop owners. I asked crews of people pouring out of pubs and restaurants. I was always met with the same look and words. “Oh, someone is going to have a hard night. We’ll keep our eyes open.”
I feel It’s important to stress that the majority of parents with young children are considerate and the majority of humans are kind to parents of young children. There are always exceptions to every rule. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the common ground with people. People may be lashing out because of recently received news. They may be on a first date and be uncomfortable. Parents may be overwhelmed with a new life. It’s no excuse for intolerance, but it makes me rethink my own actions. I began a walk around Mirror Lake with the goal of helping out a neighbor, but I left thinking that I need to look at each person as someone who still cares for and carries around his and her own type of lamby.
Disclaimer: Lamby was found by a wonderful mama and then escorted back to its rightful owner.
Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more
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