I pray we never have to deal with this…a warning

It’s a parents worse nightmare, something that will stay with us forever.   Seeing a child, your child suffer when you feel powerless to stop it.

Recently I came across a photography blog that detailed a harrowing experience of a mother watching her 5 year-old nearly strangle to death,  I was riveted by the tale and horrified that they had to experience this.  This event has shaped them both for the rest of their lives.  As hard as it is to read (because we imagine ourselves in the same situation) there is a bright side.  (Spoiler Alert:  It has a happy ending)  The part that I love the most is that the mother is sharing the experience with the world in hopes that it never happens again.

On IGetReady.com I write about the ‘weird’ (unusual, out of the norm) stuff that happens in life and how to deal with it and this true story would certainly qualify. But in this case, there was a terrifying urgency involved.

Please go read about this experience and then come back and we’ll see what can be done to prevent this from ever happening again.

The experience can be found HERE.

Go ahead, I’ll wait….it will only take a few minutes.

I hope that you went and read the story.  Can you even imagine being in that place?  I’m sure if you are a parent your stomach  cringed waiting for the outcome, I know mine did.  Thank Heavens for happy endings.  I can see blessings all over this experience, I’ll mention just a few:

  • Mom knew her daughter and noticed that the silence was ‘not like her’
  • Mom listened to that ‘voice” (prompting, intuition) and checked on her daughter
  • She was with a friend who was ready to act, and did so without hesitation
  • They happened to be parked at a place known for having what was needed to solve the problem (schools have scissors)

Had any one of these things been the opposite, I think that the outcome would have been much different.

The message here (beyond being infinitely grateful for promptings) is have the tools in your car that you may need when you are away from home.  Whether it’s a flat tire, a breakdown on the freeway in a snowstorm, or this situation, having the right tools available can make all the difference.

So today, I’m asking you to do 2 things.

Number 1 is to add a pair of scissors to each of your vehicles.  Every dollar store has these but I think I’m going to add a good quality pair to my car kit… maybe even some Kitchen Utility Scissors, or EMT Shears.  This not the time to be fighting with cheap scissors.  I might even splurge and go for the dedicated Seatbelt cutter tool to mount in the car.  We may never need this, I hope that we don’t, but we travel this road of life with many others, and one of them might.  Like Sally’s friend Aimee who ran for the scissors, we may be the one to make the difference for someone else.

The second thing is to share this message of warning. We all know parents of small children who need to hear this message, so whether you are a parent yourself or a grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor or whatever, please share this info.  I have share buttons that make it easy, just click your sharing button of choice and spread the word.

Hugs to sweet Baylor and her mommy, I’m so glad that everyone is safe.


  1. Angela Davis says:

    Holy moly, that was a hard one to read! Thanks for the heads up and the info. (and now, the bad dreams;)

  2. jani lebaron says:

    Wow, what a remarkable story! And thankfully, it turned out okay! I will definitely be telling my kids about this one! Thanks for a great post!

  3. Adrian says:

    We had a friend whose son had choked to death on the mini blind cords. What a horrible discovery that had to have been. I never look at a mini blind without thinking of him and even though my kids are grown, I keep mine cut or wrapped up high for fear one of my cats might get tangled in it.

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