My son can count on me.
My greatest comeback to him is, "Have I EVER made you late or left you stranded?" Now, his dad is another story, but we're not talking about him : )
Friday was one of my "crazy" days. I dropped the child off early at the High School for cross country, where I said, "I will pick you up at 10:30. Have fun." I am pretty sure he grunted in agreement.
Anyway, I had ONE MILLION things to do, including cleaning the house and throwing a party that evening. So, when I arrived at school at 10:30 I kept the motor running. Then I turned it off and listened to the radio for 45 minutes waiting for him! Of course that was the day he couldn't find his phone so my texts and calls were useless. I called my husband. No sign of the boy. Since he hadn't called me (assuming he would borrow a friend's phone) I figured he was still somewhere on school grounds.
You are probably wondering why I just didn't go home. It's one of those weird things like when you are in the slow line at the grocery store. You stay there thinking that right when you leave, it will start moving. I thought if I went home, he would call for a ride and I would have to turn around, wasting more of my valuable time.
After almost on hour (I know, what was I thinking?) I left. Screw him.
Guess who greeted me at the front door when I drove up to my house? My teenage son. I won't replay the LOUD argument I had with him for the whole neighborhood to hear. He walked home because he thought I wasn't picking him up. I reminded him (loudly and with swear words) the last thing I had said to him as he got out of the car, "See you at 10:30."
"Sorry," he said with slumped shoulders and blank stare.
"I consider this your fault because you lost your phone!" I screamed, crazy with frustration that only a parent of a teenager can know.
After I calmed down I knocked on my son's room, where he was wisely hiding. I had taken away Xbox privileges so he probably had nothing to do but sleep until privileges were reinstated.
"I apologize for screaming and swearing at you," I said, then added, "Stupid teenager."
"You're welcome. You created me."
I can't wait til school starts.