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Bryson & The Beach August 26, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, People.

Bryson’s mom scurried down the beach, scanning the sands for her 3-year-old son, Bryson, who had run off.

A woman heading in the opposite direction asked, “Are you looking for a young boy?”

The mom nodded.

“I saw one near the lifeguard stand.”

BFF and I offered to help the mom search.  She accepted.

As we approached the lifeguard stand, a female lifeguard peered over the railing at us, “Looking for Bryson?”

The mom nodded, “Yes.”

“He’s up here.  He came up to say “hey” to us.”

At that point, Bryson’s father caught up to us.  Already huffing and puffing, he climbed the stairs to retrieve his wayward child and answer a few questions for the lifeguards.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Jill Weatherholt - August 26, 2017

How frightening for Bryson’s mother. Glad he’s okay!

nrhatch - August 26, 2017

I got a kick out of Bryson climbing the stand to say “hey” to the lifeguards . . . but what a scary situation for a mom when her child is AWOL.

2. misifusa - August 26, 2017

Great job in helping Bryon’s family reunite! xo

nrhatch - August 26, 2017

As it turned out, we didn’t do anything but tag along to the lifeguard stand. When we offered to help search, we assumed we would have to spread out to comb the beach . . . and the playground.

misifusa - August 26, 2017

Thank goodness he was found quickly at the life guard stand! You never know where kids can wander off to these days or what predators are lurking and watching.

nrhatch - August 26, 2017

Not to mention the “dangers of the deep” like riptides and strong undertows.

3. Rainee - August 26, 2017

Must have been scary for Bryson’s parents. I sometimes dream I have lost one of my kids (even though they are 34, 37 and 41!!!)

nrhatch - August 26, 2017

You dream about missing kids . . . I dream about missing locker combinations. 😀

Your comment reminded me of this excerpt from a post back in 2012:

3. Have you ever lost a child you were responsible for in a public place?

Absolutely not! Those children “misplaced” themselves . . . I had NOTHING to do with it.


Rainee - August 26, 2017

Ha Ha! 🙂

4. L. Marie - August 26, 2017

Oh my goodness! So glad that story ended happily!

nrhatch - August 26, 2017

Me too! Bryson is going to be a handful!

5. Tippy Gnu - August 26, 2017

I recommend a GPS ankle bracelet, to help with this problem.

nrhatch - August 26, 2017

They have GPS trackers for toddlers. Not a bad idea for active kids with adventurous spirits.

6. joyroses13 - August 26, 2017

Yay on the Happy Ending! But I am sure there were knots in the parents stomach!

nrhatch - August 26, 2017

Probably. Unless they are accustomed to having Bryson run off unescorted.

7. Debra - August 27, 2017

An adventurous little guy! I’ve often thought that parents have a more difficult time with out-going little ones their shy counterparts. I’m glad this story had a good outcome. He sounds like a cutie!

nrhatch - August 27, 2017

Absolutely. Adventurous, curious, and mischievous tykes can be a real handful. Shy kids make fewer waves. 😀

Picturing Bryson climbing the steps to say “hey!” ~> Big Grin!

8. Val Boyko - August 28, 2017

Whew!! What an adventurer he is 😎

nrhatch - August 28, 2017

He’s a pistol! Once I knew he was safe, I got such a kick out of this little tyke climbing up to say “hey!” to the lifeguards.

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