let me but taste of blood. I shall speak true." ~ The Odyssey Book 11, lines 106-7
Have you ever been pulled away, slowly, from something, or things, that you love, and the only thing that you can do about it, is watch. It had been a long day of fun with my family. We had been at a local amusement park for the whole day with my cousin. I was six, my sister was around three years old, and my cousin, was a little bit older than me. It was at the very end of the day, after we had all of our fun on the rides, we all decided to get something to eat at one of the restaurants that was in the amusement park. It seemed like an idea that almost everybody else in the amusement park had thought of and there were tremendous crowds traveling from the rides, to the restaurants. My sister, had been walking right next to my dad, along with my mom and my cousin, and my cousins mom. My cousin was wearing a bright pink dress. I was with them and I looked around and there were almost no restaurants in sight. I heard my parents consulting on whether or not we were going to eat here or not. I barely noticed, as I started to sink, further and further behind my family. When I noticed, I thought to myself, its no big deal, ill be able to see my dad. My dad is somewhat tall, and I could see him over all of the other heads. So I thought to myself. I’ll be okay, as long as I can still see his head. I’ll be okay, as long as I can still see his head. I’ll be okay, as long as I can still see his head. All I could do was watch, as his head got smaller, and smaller. Then, his head disappeared. I did not panic, I thought to myself, oh, they are not to far ahead, they couldn't be. I’ll just run up and they will be right there. They weren't. That, is when panic settled within me. I ran around, frantically asking people if they had seen any of my family. Desperately I asked, but nobody seemed to care, I described everybody in my family to them with great details, but nobody would help me. I was on my own, six years old, in a sea of people I did not know. I wondered to myself, what are my parents thinking right now, do they even know that I'm lost, of course they do, how could they not notice. I thought that maybe they would come back for me. But i realized, in this sea of people, they had just as much of a chance of finding me, as I did, finding them. Minutes felt like hours. Time slowed down, as I was still Talking to people, looking for my parents, it hit me. Food, restaurants, my family was going to eat, even though they were talking about eating outside of the amusement park there was still a chance that they would eat within it. It was a risk to take, but it was still a lead on finding them. The problem was, there were so many restaurants it was impossible to single out one. I searched for a little while longer with no results. I was still asking people for directions, except not to my family, I was asking for directions to the nearest restaurant. But still, nobody seemed to care, nobody would answer. Nobody would help me. I eventually found a restaurant but my hopes were low. It had no doors, just a opening, beckoning for me to enter, taunting me, I doubted that my family was in there, and i almost thought that I was right. I swear I searched that place inside out and did not find anything. It was when I was leaving, I saw a flash of pink, the color of my cousins dress. I followed the direction, and there was a back room, that I had not even notice, I was beckoned to it, slowly I walked towards it, my senses fading, I was hoping that that pink I had saw was real, and that my family was here. I suddenly heard the voice of my aunt, getting louder and louder, she had seen me, I ventured deeper into the back room, and saw my family waiting there for me. But when I talked to them, they didn't even notice that I was gone until a little while ago. But it didn’t matter, I had found my way back, like odysseus, finding his way home, and I was proud of myself, in a weird way, for getting lost, and finding my way back, without help. From then on, I have learned to keep up, because I had been warned that even though I found my way back that time. If it happened again, you never know what could happen.