3-year-old Saves Dad!

August 24, 2010 by staff 

3-year-old Saves Dad!, Three years Alesaundra Tafoya made her parents very proud. In fact, the preschooler is an appreciation of their community and the media, too, for being so brave girl this past weekend.

The little tyke was home alone with his dad when he collapsed. Instead of panicking, he walked two blocks from the local fire station, firefighters and taken home to help. The doctors said they would have died without immediate medical attention.

Wow. And I’m impressed when my three year old can bring her plate to the dinner table to the kitchen without breaking. This girl deserves all the gold stars.

The most surprising thing for me this story, however, that a child is three years old, had the presence of mind to help his father, or the ability to walk two blocks to a fire station. Is that the adults around them was prepared to do so and let him.

Occasionally I get 3-year-old in our house. It usually is when we are preparing to go to the park, or his sister goes to the neighbor to play. I stop to pee on the way out, or run upstairs to get a jacket, and she slips out the door.

Invariably, she does the same: first steps in the block to the house of our good friends “two doors down. She has never done there, however, and before she can travel the entire 100 feet between our houses, two things happen: I come tearing the house frantically looking for her, and kind-hearted stranger stops to rescue the obvious danger of walking down the street alone.

Alesaundra not only able to walk down the street just beyond 100 feet knew where he went. His parents have been teaching about public safety, noting points of interest such as the fire station to walk or let you know that firefighters and police can help if she ever in trouble.

Of course I never imagined he’d save the life of his father with this information. But they gave it to her because they thought that a girl of three years might be able to help himself or herself or another person in an emergency.

Our children are much more capable than we often give them credit. Maybe I’ll remember this next story time, scared me because mine is trying to go visit her friend next door unescorted.

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