Wednesday, August 03, 2011

This Kid


scared the bejesus out of his parents today!  When Mark showed up to get Eric at the bus drop off ... Eric wasn't there.  He didn't get off the bus.  Panic set in.  After a flurry of phone calls, it was discovered that Eric failed to get off the bus at his stop because he was "in the back of the bus with his friends working on his homework".   Grrr!  Mark's exact words to me were "I'm going to kill him!"  Lest you think that Eric is the high compliance, studious type and how could you possibly get mad at him for missing his stop because he was doing his homework!  Let me assure you that the only reason he was doing his homework on the bus - hurry up style - was because he thought he'd then have time to get on his DS the minute he walked in the door.  Ah, the best laid plans.  I asked Eric what went through his mind when he realized he missed his stop.  His response ... "Dad is going to kill me!"*

The really sad part is how we parents immediately go to the worst case scenario when we don't have our children in our sight.  I hate it.  I hate the fact that today our kids have to be tethered to us for us to feel safe.  But, that's the reality of the world we live in.  In any event ... Eric is fine and if he's smart, he'll make sure he doesn't miss his bus stop again!

*Mark caught up with Eric at the next bus stop - a school about 5 miles away!


is giving me grief and he doesn't even know it.  We found out this week that his two-day a week nurse who is very good is leaving.  This having to constantly worry about "child care" is so hard.  You shouldn't have to worry about it when your kid is almost thirteen years old.  It just bums me out that we have to orient yet another nurse and then decide whether this person is not only competent to care for Jack, but also someone I don't have to freak out about having in my house when I'm not home.  I'm growing weary of the relentless worry that goes along with having to depend on other people to keep my child alive.  (Angie -- hurry back!)

And, finally ....


are both in desperate need of haircuts!  All I need is about six more hours in the day to get it all done. 

But, at the end of the day ... it's all good!

Thanks for checking in my friends.  


CS said...

Wow. I felt a mild panic and I knew you wouldn't post about it unless it had a happy (for you) ending. Did Eric get to play the DS? ;) And I know you won't say it so I will: IT'S NOT FAIR! Having to stress about finding care for Jack while having to worry about everything else. I hope it works out well and fast. Hugs. <#

worthy said...

Wow, that would freak me out too - I bet he wont miss his stop again in a hurry. James will be 15 on monday and walks to and from school now, and if he isnt home by 4.20 I start to panic that something has happened, when I know it hasnt, he's sensible and mature. And the care? I know just how you feel, I am constantly worrying about who will care for Sam when i no longer can, sometimes I think i look for something to worry about when there isnt anything!

Katie said...

I'm with you Ann and I HATE it as well...kind of like the bus driver taking a picture of Mitchell. You can't help but think worse's frustrating and sad. Glad he's ok!!!!

Susan said...

Haircuts are one of those things I let slide too, because you can. I'm sorry about the nurse. I can imagine. I am so thankful that we can manage with minimal nursing.

I've not allowed DS's in our house yet. Just this week I was thinking perhaps I should change my mind. Adrian has enough money saved to buy his own. But now I'm thinking perhaps I need to stick to my guns. Though I think it would make a nice privilege that could be removed to get compliance when needed, if you get my drift. I'm glad Eric was safe.

I hope things settle down a bit for you.

Vicki said...

Recognize the panic. Alex didn't get off the bus one day(which stopped in front of his house no less). We are closer to the school, so his mom sent us there to check because no one at school would answer the phone! We had no idea where the bus might be & we were all freaking out. He had scrunched down in the seat and fallen asleep. The bus driver found him when he parked the bus & did his check. He had even asked the kids when he stopped at Alex's stop where Alex was, but no one could see him! He was probably first grade, too. No wonder we get more gray hairs every year.

Anonymous said...

Oh man! That is a horrible feeling. I'm glad everything was fine.
I hope you find a great nurse for Jack, but I am sorry you have to do so.

Marcie said...

How scary! Our 4th kids will be the death of us!!! Sorry about your nurse. I hope you can find someone great to take her place. We're in the same boat but feel fortunate to have a good replacement while our primary nurse is temporarily away.