Wendy Ashlee Coleman
Copyright Wendy Ashlee Coleman 2011
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Tears roll down the face of a little girl as she stands in the middle of a busy aisle in a Wal-Mart style shopping center. She screams in horror, her stressed, water logged eyes desperately searching for any hope of familiarity. A large, clean cut, handsome man quickly kneels down. “What’s the matter, sweetie? You lost?”
She nods her head up and down while clasping onto a well broken- in teddy.
“Well, come with me. I’ll help you find mommy,” he says, grasping onto her little hand and guiding her towards the front of the store.
“Oh my god!” a young woman says, sprinting across the store and kneeling down to embrace her daughter.
“We were just looking for you,” the man says with a friendly smile.
“My god, honey, you scared mommy,” she says panicked and out of breath, her relief quickly turning into anger as she begins to casually scorn her daughter.
She makes eye contact with the tall man and rises off her knees while holding onto her little girl in a tight bear hug. “Oh, thank you so much!!”