It's 4am Lost & Alone!

by Mary L

It's 4am, lost and alone While driving home last night from work (it was 4AM), I noticed a young woman mid 20's appearing scared and staggering along the dark street. I stopped a short distance away, calmly offered to call someone to pick her up. She stopped and broke out in tears slurring she said "I don't know what to do." I called 911, immediately the police said don't move, keep her there. Her family and friends have been looking for her since she wandered away from home hours before. Moments later a police car arrived, lights flashing; an elderly woman emerged from the back seat, called out to the woman who now sat with me on the curb. The young woman whom I came to know as Annie beamed, wiped her tears, jumped up crying mommy!! She and the elderly woman- her mother embraced, both in tears. Annie, her mother explained has only the mental ability of a 7 year old little girl. Annie's mom was so happy, she hugged me, the offer who brought her, and most of all hugged her Annie comforting her daughter saying how much she missed and loved her.
There's nothing like a mother's love.

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