Friday, August 31, 2007

Norwegian Youngsters

I wonder what would happen to the mother of an American kid who did this:

Toddler went hiking alone, in the middle of the night
Donning a backpack and going for a hike is deeply engrained in the Norwegian culture. A little girl up north took the national pastime to heart, much to her mother's dismay.

The four-year-old girl apparently woke up in the middle of the night, climbed out of bed and decided it was time for a midnight stroll. She put on her playclothes (pink), slung a backpack over her shoulders and set off into the newly returned darkness of a late summer night in Tromsø, northern Norway. Police got a call shortly after 5am that a little had been spotted out wandering alone near the Tromsdalen campground. They sent a patrol car to the spot and found the little hiker, who told them her name. She also could tell them her mother's name. The police called her, and then took the intrepid little girl home. "It was, of course, quite a message for her mother to get, but it went well," Trond Amundsen of the Tromsø Police Station told web site