So I’ve just wasted almost two hours of my time worrying. My kid is at a friend’s house and when I texted to just check in, there was no response.
I decided, in no particular order that:
1) The child ran away from home and is probably being sex-trafficked as we speak.
2) A car hit the child and the child is now paralyzed, lying on a cold, dark street, unable to answer the phone.
3) A wildfire swept through the neighborhood and the child has been burned beyond recognition which is why the police haven’t appeared on my doorstep yet.
4) Aliens exist and have abducted the child and the adjacent solar system has no cell service so obviously, my text messages didn’t go through.
The truth is so much more boring. The phone was plugged in, getting charged, in another room while the child was downstairs at the friend’s house, eating dinner and watching some Christmas movie.
Listen, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
Having a baby when you’re 37 is no big deal.
Having a teenager when you’re 52 is almost more than the heart can take.
(I know. I’m irrational and possibly need intensive inpatient treatment.)