Shannon Stacey

A second conversation

*cellphone rings showing a number I don’t recognize*

Me: Hello?

Strange man’s voice: Hello.

*pause that drags on*

Me: Who is this?

Strange man’s voice: (Tall kid).

*long pause while I, a victim of too much TV and too many thrillers, wonder in a panic why a grown man is pretending to be my little boy*

Strange man purporting to my 11-year-old: You forgot early release. I’m in the office.

He was only there 4 1/2 hours! Surely one can’t totally go through puberty during US History. He won’t even be twelve until July.

Dayum. (And yes, I will pay for forgetting early release for a long time. Years.)

9 comments to “A second conversation”

  1. Michelle
      · March 14th, 2007 at 1:39 pm · Link

    Oh, I’ve so been there done that and I, too, will NEVER forget it. I felt horrible. Of course, my ds didn’t go through puberty or anything, he was only in Grade 1 but it was awful. Then he decided to walk home on his own and the whole school was looking for him. I’ve never been so scared in my entire life than when I was looking for him. I had my youngest ds, then two weeks old, my dd who was 4 (this was just last year) and I was sobbing in my car as I drove around trying to find him and there he was in front of the house. :cry:

    Do you feel better now? :shrug:

  2. Jaci Burton
      · March 14th, 2007 at 1:40 pm · Link


    Yes, it really does happen that way. They grow up like…instantly.


  3. Shannon
      · March 14th, 2007 at 1:46 pm · Link

    :hug:, Michelle. How incredibly scary! I’m so glad it turned out okay. :hug:

    Clearly I need to have him call my cell from the house phone once a week so I can monitor the whole voice thing.

  4. Charlene
      · March 14th, 2007 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Bet the tall kid gets a few movies out of this. :groucho:

  5. Alison
      · March 14th, 2007 at 5:38 pm · Link

    I only now can tell my daughters apart when they call SO EMBARRASING and that’s because they each have their own cell phone rings, sigh.

  6. Mad
      · March 14th, 2007 at 9:12 pm · Link

    It’s good to know I’m not the only one who forgets early release days….the girls never let me live it down and when I do remember and I’m at the school early, they can’t believe their eyes. Case in point, today was an early release day and I got a text message from my oldest “reminding” me to pick them up…replied to her that I was already in the parking lot waiting for them and she replied with “are you sure you’re at the right school?” Yes, I do have a smartass on my hands. LOL

  7. Mad
      · March 14th, 2007 at 9:16 pm · Link

    LOL Alison, I can with my girls cell phones too but if you ask them, I’m the one with the embarrassing ringtone….I have Bon Jovi’s You Give Love A Bad Name as my ringtone…and each time it rings, the girls beg me to change it…and I tell them to stop being disrespectful, that’s their stepdaddy singing…show some respect. ROFL course, saying that always gets them to reply with “Does Dad know you’re insane?” Kids! :boogie:

  8. Michelle
      · March 14th, 2007 at 10:40 pm · Link

    Yes, it was scary but it’s one of those things that make you never forget an early release again. :bang: Of course, the school shouldn’t have let him leave but that’s a whole other story. We’re at a new school now and it’s all good. :thumb:

    I just wanted you to know that you are not alone (and frankly I’m pleased that I’m not either! LOL). Good thing for me my ds still speaks in a high soprano!! ROFL

  9. FerfeLaBat
      · March 17th, 2007 at 12:22 pm · Link

    Freaked me out , too. Seems like only yesterday he was running everywhere on tiptoes because he said it would get him there faster.

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