WOW wow wow wow!
Dear Let Grow: I thought you might be interested in this story:
These two little girls (ages 5 and 8) were lost in the woods near their house for 44 hours. This link is to a video of them talking about their experience. Talk about a Let Grow moment! Obviously, no one wants their children to be lost in the woods for two days, but these little girls knew exactly what to do. I'm guessing that their parents have given them a lot of information about how to stay safe, and a lot of opportunity to use that information. As a result, they are safely back with their family after a frightening but otherwise uneventful experience.
The video is heart breaking, heart warming, and incredibly encouraging all at once. Children deserve so much more credit than most people give them!
The interview above aired on ABC.
Background: The girls live in Humboldt County, California. They left their home on Friday afternoon, Mar., 1, for a walk in the woods behind their home. When they realized they were lost, their training from 4-H, family camping trips, and even watching movies about lost people all kicked in, and they realized they should stay put. So they hunkered down under a huckleberry bush. Huckleberry -- as in another intrepid young person.
"They reacted right to what they were supposed to do. That’s the biggest story of all, having parents talk to their kids,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal told The Washington Post.
It was rainy and there are bears in those woods. But the girls stayed plucky, and were found by two firemen. The kids were cold, and hoarse from yelling for help -- but fine. And hungry!
As their ecstatic mom told ABC News: “They saved each other. I’m the proud mom. I raised super heroes.”
No argument there.