Have you ever lost …………….?
Yes, of couse. I often lose many little things, but in two occasions, I lost something very important.
The worst one of them all, was a person, the most important person for me, my daughter! I´ve never forgotten this event, and I'm sure I never will for the rest of my life.
That day, it was Saturday evening. My sister, her baby son, my little five-year-old daughter and me, were shopping in a big outlet store, named Altamira, near Carral, in La Coruña. There were so many people...
Everything happened really fast. In just one moment, she wasn´t with me any more, holding my hand. I thought she was playing around, perhaps with another child, but again I looked around and she wasn´t there. Negative thoughts were coming to my mind. I Began to panic, I was really anxious. Francticly, I was looking for her everywhere.
She might be anywhere. I began asking everybody who was standing in front of me or passing me....soon, a human crowd joined my search. We were looking at changing rooms, inside the enormous clothes, shoes, bags,.....boxes, and under them. All of us had one voice and name in our mouths: María.
After one hour we still couldn’t find her. She had disappeared.
In the security office, I was already crying out of control. While security officers were calling the police, I stood up and went outside because I needed to breathe fresh air. The enormous car park was packed with a lot of cars and vans. It seemed like a lot of lined war tombs, opening to my unhappy call...but suddendly, I was next to my car and.... María was sitting on the bonnet, looking at an advertisement brochure...Then, she looked at me and smiled...The most beautiful smile I had ever seen.
Now, she is twenty-years-old and.....she hates going shopping, like me.
Isabel Lueiro García. Intermedio 1