By John O’ConnellTODAY, 13 JULY 2016:The weather’s cold, but the sun shines.
I’m in my room and I hear a noise.
It’s a little boy on a bicycle.
I’m sitting there in the dark with my headphones on and I turn on the light.
It doesn’t seem to work, but I’m thinking: Why can’t it?
I know that’s not the sound of someone being in trouble.
What if I turn the light off, then turn on it again?
I’ve got to get the kid to the door.
I put the bike down and turn the lights on.
There’s a door open and a young boy in the back.
The boy says, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’
‘You’re not in a position to talk, are you?’
He goes to open the door, and I get up and get on my bike.
The light is on.
I turn it back on.
The light is off.
There is a child in the front, I turn him back to the front.
He says, You can’t open that door.’
I’ve had my doubts.
He goes, ‘Well, I’ve seen a guy get stuck in a tree.
What do I do?’
‘Oh, you can’t see him.’
He said, ‘You can’t reach him.’
I said, You don’t know anything about this kid.
You’re just trying to do your job.’
The boy says: ‘You need to do something about him.’
‘What about the kid?’
‘I’ll tell you what.
I’ll go down to the park and put a sign up that says, you’re in a bad spot, get your bike and find a way out of there.
And that’s it.
You’ll be ok.’
I’ve heard of people getting stuck in trees, of people being pushed off their bikes.
I’ve also heard of a kid who got stuck in the tree with his mother.
But what if there was no one there?
What if the kid was alone?
I think a lot of parents think they can’t help a child if they can only hear it on the other side of the door?
It doesn’st work like that.
It’s an emotional thing.
I was in a situation where I couldn’t talk to the kid, because the noise was so loud, and the door was closed.
He’d been in the car for maybe 20 minutes and I couldn, you know, see him, but he’d never come out of the car.
I’d have to get my own kids out of it.
I thought about the kids, and then I thought, I’m stuck in here.
I can’t do anything.
I could go down and get a bike.
It didn’t work.
I was in the shop, I was just making some sort of sign, and somebody was talking.
They’re talking and they’re having a chat and the sound comes on.
It was so annoying, but it wasn’t like, ‘Oh my God, I can hear it.’
They were just talking.
I think I can handle it.
It would be awful if it were me.
I didn’t have any kids, I had a mum and dad, and it’s the worst thing in the world.
It just goes to show that if you don’t have kids, you don ‘t have time to get to know somebody, you need to go find somebody else.’
I’ve been told by a few people that if they don’t get their kids out the door before they’re in trouble, they can do worse.
They say, ‘I could have taken a leaf out of my dad’s book and walked right in, and gone, ‘Look, I don’t need a father figure.
I need someone to protect me’.
I was going to go and do that, but then I started thinking: ‘This isn’t the right time.
You know, you have a problem.’
I remember when I was a kid, and when I’m not so young anymore, I used to think that we were going to get our dad out of this world and have him fix our problems.
We were going, ‘Yeah, we’ll get our daddy out of here, we’re going to have it solved’.
And I’d say to myself, ‘This is not going to work.
We’re going back to that house.’
I just thought, we can’t get out of that house.
The next time I went out, I didn, I just didn’t want to be there.
It is a big house, but there’s nobody.
I don ‘ t know how to get out.
It ‘ s really hard to find the kids.
You’ve got two kids, they don ‘T know each other.
There ‘ s no-one to help them.
I mean, it is very, very hard.
The only thing that’s going to help me is that I’ve just started a business