Whenever I hear news about missing kids, my immediate reaction is to blame the criminal — why don’t they just take something else, not a kid? But in reality, on the issue of missing children, parents are in fact the ones to blame.
During a long weekend last month, I spent time with my family visiting the kids’ granny in Chachoengsao province. After lunch, we took a walk as we digested our meal. I stopped at a stall that sold sunglasses while my kids browsed nearby. My older daughter saw a display of sport watches just a few metres away. A few minutes later, my husband whispered that my daughter seemed upset and was looking suspiciously at a man who had touched her head. I was not surprised by her reaction — it’s not exactly normal for strangers (or anyone, really) to greet someone by patting their head.
On the way home, my daughter said the man had offered to buy her a watch, which my daughter refused. He then offered to take her to her parents. Again my daughter said no. “My parents are here,” she said, then walked towards us.
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