I have never been so scared in my life as I was today. Parents,you will probably understand the most. Well,I got home from work today and was running around cleaning up and getting ready to go to the store. My 9 year old son Jacob,went outside to play with a neighbor kid like he does a lot. We usually hollar out every few minutes to make sure he is close by and staying around the apartment. We have a balcony and they usually are out playing right under it. The neighbors mom checks up on them too. So my sister in law calls and I can hear Jacob right out in back playing. Well,being on the phone after a few minutes,I noticed it was kinda quiet. Next thing I know the neighbor kids mom comes up looking for her son. I thought it was strange but talked fora few more minutes and told my husband to call out for Jacob...he did and no answer. Then,the the neighbor comes up again and says she can't find either of them. So I go outside with a pit in my stomach,but not to upset yet. We start calling and calling and no answer. They have never left the backyard before. After a couple minutes I started to panic-big time. So we keep calling and calling,no answer. By this time Kevins out looking too and I could hardly breathe. I have never been so scared. I got to the point towhere my legs felt like Jello. I started having horrible flashes and everything started to go slow while these horrid pictures are going through my head. You don't know fear,until you have lost a child.The neighbors mom called the police as we continued to look. By now,I am in serious panic. I jump in the car and drive aroung the block and find a couple who had just seen them in the woods,so I call for my husband and he yells back that they were back. Thank God he is fine,and apparently him and his bud went for a walk in the woods.A few minutes after he got back,a cop pulls up and I told him they were o.k. He came up to our place and gave our son a talkin too about how 3 cops had been pulled off of what they were doing to find him and his friend. The look on my son's face was priceless! This cop could have been an army General he was so stern. Need less to say,we are calmed down now ,but I wanted to share as I find this board to be a nice place for me for "quiet time"! I will never forget the feeling I had today and still feel shook up. Hopefully,I will feel better tomorrow.