Moments later, I heard an adult female voice calling my name. My daughter had the presence of mind to remember what I had taught her -- look for another mommy with kids and tell you need help looking for me, use my "grown-up name" instead of "Mama." She was out of sight for maybe two or three minutes but, I swear, it was the longest two or three minutes of my life so far. Next time, I might not be so lucky.
That experience led me to appreciate the idea behind these temporary tattoos, which I wrote about in my Gearing Up column on Sunday for The Boston Globe's Travel section. They're cute, sure, but they have a serious purpose:
Temporary Tattoos With a Purpose
By Lylah M. Alphonse, Globe Staff
It's a parent's worst nightmare: You're in a crowded area and, all of a sudden, you can't find your child. These "Lost and Found" temporary tattoos from Tattoos With a Purpose can help. Apply the decal to your child's skin; when it's dry, write your information on it using the included pen. Unlike a note (which can get lost) or an ID bracelet (which can be removed), the temporary tattoos last for three to five days. A travel kit of six tattoos plus a pen and everything you need to apply - and remove - the tattoos costs $9.99 at tattooswithapurpose.com or by calling 800-357-1521. [More]