Originally Posted by SmokinFatties
Some speak of luck but I once heard a quote that "luck is for the ill prepared". Your son did not run away but instead was prepared mentally to react to the task at hand that I know some men would've run from. Kudos to him for stepping up and to you for giving him the tools to react in the manner he did.
I spoke of luck. If I understood the OP correctly, he left, then at some point afterward, his son arrived. If that's how it went, the OP was lucky his son arrived when he did.
If the son was tending the cooker when his father left then I agree no luck was involved.