A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

My girls and I often communicate by text. It’s simple to shoot something off and respond at your leisure. The last I had heard from my youngest was that she and her best friend Michele were going to hang out at The Bluff. I had no idea where the bluff was, but I assumed she was fine and would tell me about it later. My response was for her to be safe. It seems that I’m always telling them that. I can only hope that they know how much I worry and decide to make good choices.

An hour or so later, I got another text from Mimi. It merely said “I’m at the hospital…”

My heart started pounding and I tried not to let my panic show as I sent back a series of frantic questions asking what happened and how bad was it. I jammed my shoes on and started hunting for my keys as I waited to hear which hospital she was at. Just as I started to call her, I got another text. It said that Michele’s mom was in the ICU. I let out a huge sigh of relief. I was so grateful that my baby girl was okay.

The immediate panic over, my concern switched to Michele’s family. Once again, I asked what had happened and started wondering what I could do to help. My daughter must’ve had pity on me at that point, as she reminded me that Michele’s mom was a nurse and that they were just visiting her.

And I wonder where these gray hairs keep coming from…

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Mimi and Michele…partners in crime!

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10 Responses to A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

  1. Carol Wilcox says:

    Oh my gosh! I’m the mom of two college age boys and I hate this kind of texts! They really are a mother’s worst nightmare!

  2. mary hickey says:

    as the mother of six daughters 5 teens at one time I`m kinda glad we didn`t have mobiles back then xxx

    • Susan says:

      I think the cell phones are both a blessing and a curse. I like being able to know what’s going on…then again, it you have a bratty kid! :)

  3. @Kellylou says:

    Oh my gosh, we had very similar experiences today! So glad that all is well — I’m right there with you on the grey hairs!

  4. Peggy Race says:

    That is a cruel text to send! I have been weaned from texts from my college age son. He never sends them and will very very seldom reply to them, I don’t know where he is at any point and I don’t know how he is. I have learned to let go and be okay with not knowing. Even so, if I suddenly got that text, I’d be dropping everything and up the road

    • Susan says:

      That’s pretty much how it is with KT who is off at college. She’s pretty good about keeping in touch, but I have no idea what’s going on with her most of the time.

  5. Kathy says:

    And these short texts are a good thing??? ;)

  6. Katie says:

    Uh kids! She should have known you would have thought the worst! By the way I would have started worrying at “The Bluff.” Nothing good ever happens at places like that. Jeez I’m going to be a crazy parent. My baby is only 13 months old! : /