Madeleine disappeared from the apartment where the family was staying on the evening of 3 May. At the time, her parents had put Madeleine and her two-year-old twin siblings to bed, and were dining 100 yards away with friends at a restaurant near the Mark Warner Ocean Summer Club. Kate and Gerry McCann reported to the police that they were taking turns checking on their children and that at approximately 21:00 Western European Summer Time Gerry checked on the children and they were all fine. At around 21:45 the couple returned from the restaurant to find an empty bed and the apartment door and window wide open ...
Poor parents: they made a bad decision, and their lives will never be the same because of it. We've all done dumb things; fortunately we haven't all been made to endure harsh consequences. When Althegal was very young, and her mother was away for the day, I did a worse thing than leaving her unattended for a few minutes.
The exact details are murky now, but the gist of it is that she was out playing with her friend. She was only three or four years old, and I wasn't paying enough attention — not nearly enough! I'm pretty sure that I checked on her early on in the afternoon, and I recall her also wandering in and out from time to time. She and friend were doing well on our quiet and safe street. TG that it was just that — quiet and safe.
I lost track of just how long it had been since she last checked in or since I had last bothered to check on her. Mom came home, and very soon after the phone rang, and a kindly lady told Cuppa that Althegal was at her place, a number of blocks over — on a busier street. She and her friend had wandered off, but friend had returned home without her.
Well, TG for kind ladies and for safe returns and for "all's well that ends well," but when I think think of what coulda happened, I get a little queasy all over again. Phew!