Your Time Is Up

There is a line around a prison that inmates cross at their peril; it’s called the “Deadline.” I didn’t know this until I found it in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.

I do know about the deadline when something has to be done, kinda like a blogging post.

The real sweat-breaker is a publishing deadline; if you don’t produce on time you’re toast.

Yet none of these compare to the “Deadline of Innocence,” when a precious child goes missing. They are laughing, playing; loving one minute and the next … they disappear.

Families are torn apart, parents suffer unspeakable heartbreak, and we can only imagine the terror of the abducted child.

My friend, Barefoot Baroness, has asked a favor of us with the power of the blog:

ATTENTION Subbers & Devoted Readers: This is a very wonderful request that you do some missing children and adults a Grand favor. REBLOG THIS or My Own Post titled “Know These Rules Kids” We’ll be most grateful you did as would anyone missing a loved one in their lives. We’re all counting you ~ BB

This is the guideline BB and her friend @  created:

Know the Rules®…Summer Safety Tips to Teach Children

  1. Always CHECK FIRST with your parents, guardians, or the trusted adult in charge before you go anywhere or do anything. Be sure to CHECK IN regularly with your parents, guardians, or a trusted adult when you’re not with them.
  2. Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when playing or going anywhere. It’s safer and more fun.
  3. Be aware of people who offer you treats or gifts. Never accept anything from anyone without your parents’ or guardians’ permission.
  4. Stay SAFER when you’re home alone by keeping the doors and windows locked; not opening the door for or talking to anyone who comes to the home unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative, you feel comfortable being alone with that person, and the visit has been preapproved by your parents or guardians; and never telling anyone who calls that you’re home alone. If your parent or guardian cannot be reached, have a neighbor or other trusted adult you are able to call if you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused or there’s an emergency.
  5. Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when using a public restroom.
  6. Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when going to malls, movies, parks, or entertainment centers. And always CHECK FIRST with your parents or guardians to make sure it’s OK.
  7. Identify the safest place to go or person to ask for help in reuniting you with your parents or guardians if you become lost. Safe helpers could be a uniformed law-enforcement or security officer, store salesperson with a nametag, person with a nametag who is working at the information booth; or mother with children. Never search for your parents or guardians on your own, and never go with anyone who is trying to reunite you with them.
  8. Be careful when you play outside. Stay away from pools, canals, and other bodies of water unless you are with a trusted adult. Don’t play near busy streets or deserted areas, and never take shortcuts.
  9. Leave clothes or items displaying your name at home and don’t be confused just because a person you don’t know calls out your name.
  10. Say NO if anyone you don’t know or a person who makes you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused offers you a ride. CHECK FIRST with your parents or guardians before taking a ride from anyone.
  11. Be careful playing outside as it gets dark. Sometimes it is difficult for people driving to see you. Wear reflectors and protective clothing if your parents or guardians say you may play outside after dark.
  12. Say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. TRUST YOUR FEELINGS, and be sure to TELL a trusted adult if anything happens to make you feel this way. And it’s never too late to tell a trusted adult what happened.

You can learn more at:

 May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

My buddies in the LBC are waitin’ to see what you think of their Deadline:
Anu, Delirious, Maxi Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Will Knott

About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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