Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I lost my kids today

Yeah. That's me -- Supermom. I went to help a friend this afternoon. Her son is graduating from high school and she wanted some help cleaning house. I left a little bit late and tried to call my neighbors, whose home is the backup plan if my kids get off the bus and I'm not home. I try to warn her when I'm going to be late and let her know I am at least on my way. There was no answer there, so I just came home and got in at 4:03. That's about 6 minutes after they get off the bus.

They were nowhere around. I grabbed the dog and walked up the street. The minivan was gone from the backup neighbors' driveway, and since they weren't answering the phone I walked past, checking with other neighbors. The kids were nowhere to be found.

I called the bus company to confirm they had been dropped off, thinking maybe I had told them I'd pick them up from school. The driver confirmed he let them all off the bus together.

It was 4:25. I went to the backup house just in case and rang the doorbell. Their teenage daughter answered the door and when she confirmed the boys were all there and were fine, I fell apart. I almost didn't realize how scared I was until I knew they were safe.

Teenage daughter apologized -- the phone must be off the hook, she guessed.

I guess I should apologize to her now for freaking out, but I was terrified. It was a long time ago, but all I could think of was Jacob Wetterling.

They are safe. All is well. I can breathe again. They are safe.

4 comments:

  1. I know how you feel about freaking out. The bus driver lost Bailey a couple years ago, and you talk about having a nervous breakdown. Remember Jennifer you are a wonderful Mother! Love you!

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  2. That is an absolutely horrifically long time not to know where your children are. Apart from the problem with the phone, though, your backup plan worked just fine, so that's a good thing, right?

    Glad everyone is OK.

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  3. There's something about those last few days of school. Forgotten lunches, missing children, missing husband.

    I hope you have a good friend you can share a cocktail with.

    Just remember: These are the days my friend!
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  4. how totally scary! I'm so glad they were safe. Don't apologize for falling apart on her...you so deserved that moment of letting it all out! ~lesfitz

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