I went to where I had left him,nope not there,I walked through the groups of people stood chattering - no sign of him there, I had a quick scout at the sweetie stall - no sign of him,as I walked around the surrounding stalls my friend saw me searching and came to look with me.
''He's got to be somewhere'' she said ''And hes wearing a bright red top,we will soon spot him''
My footsteps were getting quicker and quicker but I still was ok,after all we had plenty of other places to look around,places where it was very possible that he might be.A TA joined in the search and everyone was smiley and very reassuring that soon young Chips would be found.
We checked the play equipment and I could see peoples faces becoming a little bit puzzled as we still couldn't spot Chips but still the adults around me were positive that he would be somewhere on that field.
At the other end of the school playground was a big patch of grass and lots of children were playing games up there,I hadn't noticed this grass before and I suddenly relaxed,that's where he would be,mystery solved.
We started to walk up to the grass and as we arrived I scanned the group of children playing and Chips wasn't one of them.
I looked again but I had been right first time,Chips wasn't there.
I turned to tell everybody that he wasn't there and I saw the looks on peoples
faces.they had already sussed out that he wasn't there and they were getting concerned and that's when I started to really worry.
He wasn't there,he was lost,just where was he?
People started to move swiftly now and I was beginning to get really concerned and then someone shouted ''We've got him'' and a hot bewildered little boy was pushed into my arms!
I was very relieved!
When I asked him where he had been he said on the fair rides.
How could that be though,he had not got any money,it was the one place I hadn't checked properly as I knew he couldn't be on there.
Ah but unbeknown to me a kind hearted lady had been supplying him with money to go on the rides,he had had a great time,while I had had a few years taken off my life!
Anyway,alls well that ends well!
And I was taught a valuable lesson,sometimes the very place you think they cant be is the absolute place you may end up finding them!