Originally Posted by in stitches
Last night I had one of the most terrifying experiences I can remember.
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My daughter is selling chocolate for a school fund raiser, and she and my son went walking down the block door to door selling the chocolates. My in-laws live around the corner, about a 2 minute walk from us, and they asked if they could walk over there to see if the grandparents wanted to buy some. We said sure no problem, just come right back for dinner.
15 minutes passes, they have not returned. We called my in-laws, not there. Called some other people on the block, not there. Walked up and down the route to the in-laws going door to door, nothing doing.
Now its 30 minutes and we are starting to freak out. We decide I will stay home with the sleeping baby, and wait to see if they show up at the house and the wife will drive around the area. Whoever sees the kids first is to immediately call the other. The neighbors and their kids also pitched in, walking around the surrounding blocks looking for our kids.
I grabbed a prayer book and just started praying. The wife called after about 10 or 15 minutes and said they had walked a few blocks over to my brothers house to sell chocolate to them and see their cousins. I think those 10 or 15 minutes of prayer waiting to hear from someone were the longest I can recall.
As soon as I hung up the phone I just broke down. I could barely stand up for a few moments. The whole ordeal was maybe 45 minutes, but the range of emotions and the thoughts that passed through my mind in that time period really took a toll.
Thank G-d everyone was fine, and we explained to the kids very lovingly, but sternly, what they had done wrong and how to make sure not to do that in the future. My daughter was pretty shook up about having worried us like that, and it took some time to calm her down and explain that we were not upset, just worried, and above all glad that she was safe.
It all made me realize how delicate the world is and it served as a reminder to appreciate what we I that much more, thank G-d.
so glad it's a false alarm, dude. you're a great dad.
Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
my wife wants another dog. pretty soon she's going to want to start having children.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I actually have wanted kids since the beginning of our marriage. I get bummed out/jealous when I see my friends with kids they had in their early 20s that are almost grown up and out of the house all by their early 40s or even late 30's. I'd like to think that I have a say in it, but its always going to be her call.
with you there. I've been wanting another kid and its still on the negotiating table... and its still gonna be the wife's call, unless i grow a womb.
Originally Posted by kwilkinson
Then I mentioned that it isn't even only at school. Parents these days are so afraid to let their kids out of sight. And no blame here on the parents, I think they're 100% right to be scared, as sad as it is. But the "bye mom I'm gonna ride my bike and get into unsupervised hijinks with the neighborhood kids" "oh okay honey make sure you're home by dark" days of my childhood are over. No physical outlet for energy at school + no physical outlet for energy at home = pent up energy. It's understandable.
as much as I remember having so much freedom when I was a kid, I couldn't be comfortable with having my kids go unsupervised the whole day out without knowing where they are. I blame Jessica McClure for this.
oh, and its currently 95 degrees out here. wind: 6mph, humidity 47%. my fucking swamp ass is getting swampier by the second!