By Michiko Shiba
One day my little daughter didn’t come home even though it was getting dark. She always came back before dark. I got worried about her. I looked for her at the playground near our apartment and called everyone I could think of on the phone. But she was nowhere to be found.
I got into a panic and shivered with anxiety. Finally I rushed to a nearby police box to tell them that my daughter was missing. After I returned home, a young policeman soon came. I was explaining the situation to him, when I heard my daughter's voice from upstairs. I didn't know that she had been playing with her friend, Kazu, in the apartment upstairs. He was her new friend.
I felt greatly relieved and thanked the policeman for coming so quickly.
I still remember how much my loved one’s disappearance scared me, even though it was just for a little while.
1. Why was she worried about her daughter?
2. Who did she call?
3. Was her daughter hiding in the playground?
4. When did a policeman come to her home?
5. Where was her daughter?
Vocabulary & Phrases
1. police box 交番
2. loved one 家族のメッンバー
3. shiver ガクガクブルブル
4. panic パニック
5. missing 行方不明
1. Because it was getting dark, and her daughter hadn't come home.
4. Soon after she returned from the policebox.
5. In the apartment upstairs playing with her new friend.
This story reminds me of a similar incident that I had when I was a child. I had gone down the street to play at a friend's house without telling my mother. She was soooooooo angry when she found me At that time, I couldn't understand why she was so upset. Now I understand. Sorry, mom!
Very touching story, Michiko. I hope you weren't too hard on your daughter after that! Great job!