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May 13, 2012

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Lisa, a.k.a. The Bold Soul

Oh, my poor Aimee, Julien and Max. That must have been terrifying for all of you! (I get nervous every afternoon waiting for O to get off the #80 bus, now that we're letting him take the bus alone after school 2-3 days a week - he starts collège next year already!) The only thing I can guess about Max's "reasoning" is that at 5, he simply can't yet reason the way WE would. Georges has told me many times that 7 is the "age of reason" when it comes to kids, that's the age where they finally start "getting" the logic behind all the stuff you've been trying to drill into their heads. (And THEN if they deliberately ignore the rules, it's a very different story than it would be for a 5 year old.) Up until 7, kids might know the rules on an intellectual level but they can't always apply those rules logically (like you said, Max KNOWS he's not supposed to cross streets, leave home, or go anywhere without one of you or another family member, like when Uncle William visits). So you really won't ever understand what was going through his head because of course, it doesn't really make sense to us. Don't try to understand it. But oh, that poor baby - whatever his rational, he was clearly scared into doing something that scared the heck out of YOU. So glad this had a happy ending though, especially for your mother's day!

SuBon

In the years after Aimee was no longer a baby, her Omma and I would re-tell the story of her disappearance from her grandfather's house in ChunCheon, Korea. I'm sure that the re-telling was full of smiles and the humor of the happy ending, but it was not a happy event when it happened at all.

We all were upset when she simply vanished from her grandfather's gated house. First the iron gate was closed, and we did not think she could open it. Second, no one had seen her for nearly a half an hour. That was scarey. My father-in-law's house was quite large, and we were desperately searching every room and corner.

Suddenly, grandfather came back in the gate holding Aimee's hand. Somehow he had put himself into her mind and knew that she had walked alone to the playground. It was not nearby at all. We were relieved and amazed that she had opened the gate and closed it behind her and gone so far all by herself.

She was 3 years old, and fully 2 years younger than Maxmilien is now.

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