Parent's Nightmare

Submitted: Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 18:19
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Today some unfortunate family left a child behind at the Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta. 7 hours later, they still haven't returned. One of the risks of convoy travel if the kids are swapping between vehicles.

I'd be sweating blood if it happened to me. It was bad enough when we left our dog behind, and had to backtrack 2 hours to get him. I reckon I'd have to let someone else drive back if it was my kid.

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John
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Reply By: Member - Athol (NSW) - Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 18:33

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 18:33
We've tried to leave ours lots of places but they keep finding their way home, and still at home 21 & 25 y/o's. Nahh only joking, I remember going to one of the big shopping centres in Sydney when they were little and one decided to take the escaltor to the next level ,gone in a flash, wife was frantic until an announcment over p/a looking for lost parents.
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 19:34

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 19:34
Hi Jiarna from Birdsville - not the leastbit surprised!!! We have 190 people extra in town tonight and most are families and they have swapped kids and cars all the way. Hope the people come back!!!!
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 19:36

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 19:36
I reckon if I got four or five hours down the road, I would pick em up on the way back after our two month Kimberley adventure ....... that I can only dream about!
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 20:47

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 20:47
Jeez Jen,
That's an awful lot of candles on that cake!!!!!!!!!!

What'd ya end up getting for your birthday......(I'm only interested in the 4x4 stuff; nothing too personal!!) LOL Did he show you the order form confirmation from the nice people at Ultimate campers??

Cya
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 17:17

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 17:17
Just heard on the Radio that the lad was returned back to his parents. (mother actually) He was 7 years old, his name was Lachlan and his father is a GP in Melbourne. His mum is a GP also so that let you off the hook.LOL
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 17:40

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 17:40
Wow!! Glad I am NOT a GP!!

I just can't imagine leaving one behind... but can see how easy it would be when the kids love to car swap. It would be a nightmare for all involved.

Thanks for the post, i have been wondering what the result was.

Hope you are both well and happy!

Jen
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 20:36

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 20:36
Back last century in 88, we sent our kids off to school in Adelaide and then did a quick move up to the Riverland. Unfortunately, they found us again too. Just can't beat bad luck.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie SA- Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 20:49

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 20:49
Any one turn up yet John??

I'm with you on this one....I'd be in a real lather....

Cya
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 22:12

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 22:12
I'll check with the copper in the morning. He was in a lather trying to find out where the parents had gone.

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John
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 21:05

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 21:05
Dont they stop for toilet/drink breaks .you'd reckon they would have had a head count somewhere along the way . Just can't fathom that they would miss one for that long. Be interested to hear the outcome
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Reply By: Member - Rick (S.A.) - Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 21:39

Friday, Jul 02, 2004 at 21:39
In a quiet little farming valley, just west of Willem's abode, is the Pekina pub. It's well off the main drag up to the Flinders ex Adelaide.

If you have heard of Magnetic Hill, it's towards Orroroo from there.

I popped in, just for one or two, & got talking, on a quiet Friday, to the Publican. He & his wife had just taken over and had previously lived in Lobethal (a German town in the Adelaide Hills). They were about my age-ish.

So naturally I asked why they had become publicans at this stage of their lives. The response was:

"Our kids wouldn't leave home so we did........"
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Reply By: GLD - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 13:51

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 13:51
Ours left home....then they came back....each with an extra - then they left again, and finally I had a spare room and an office - (thankfully) they visit often - my son stuck his head in the pantry the other day....I asked him what he was doing...he replied "shopping"!...so of course I asked him to stay for tea.....but he still tucked a couple of cans under his arm - "emergency rations"!

.........missing a child for 7 hours! Just imagine the distraught parents when they discover the mishap.
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