Sunday 25 July 2010

It shouldn't happen to a mum

I've told you how my music loving son is in Europe at the moment. I've also told you how he left with no firm itinerary and very little intention of keeping in touch with his progress. He was starting at a music festival in Croatia and the last I heard was an update on Facebook that he was leaving Munich en route to Berlin.
So last night before I went to bed, I thought I would just catch the news headlines on TV as I hadn't heard any news all day. What was the headline? 17 teenagers killed at a German music festival. You know in cartoons where the character's heart beats so hard it shows through their skin and clothes? I know how that feels.
I fired up the laptop, googled a route from where the festival was to both Berlin and Munich. It was over the other side of Germany. It didn't sound like his kind of musical taste and I didn't think he would have gone that much out of his way to go to something that wasn't his kind of thing. But you never know, do you? My husband was convinced he was fine and I pretended I was too. I toyed with the idea of texting him or ringing him but it was late and the thought of not receiving an answer would have meant a sleepless night. But by 10am, I couldn't stand it any longer and secretly sent a text asking him to just let me know he was OK. 5 minutes passed. 10 minutes passed. 15 went by. I kept doing lots of busy things. I went upstairs. My daughter called out 'Mum .. your phone just beeped' I was down those stairs in nanoseconds. Yes, he was fine. I however had aged several years (and without the aid of Photoshop!)
So to try and retain a little youth, I took my daughter to see Toy Story 3 this afternoon. We were the only people there without a young child! It was so good. The animation is amazing - I would recommend. With or without a little person in tow!


humel said...

You poor thing xx Must have been a pretty awful time, however much you kept telling yourself he was OK! So pleased to hear he put your mind at rest fairly quickly (though I bet that was a loooong 15 minutes...)

Glad you enjoyed Toy Story 3 :-) We're hoping to go next week (with little people as camouflage!)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Oh, Deb. I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who does stuff like this. I would have been beside myself with worry just like you! I've been wanting to see Toy Story 3 too. Glad to know you enjoyed it.

Amy said...

Oh Deb, my heart was in my mouth as I was reading.

The seven year old went to see Toy Story with his Granny in the holidays, it was his first trip to the cinema and he loved it .... so did Granny!

Scrappi Sandi said...

And breathe.....!!!! OMG my heart was starting to race just reading that...but so glad to hear that he is actually OK!!

Neither of my boys are too fussed to see TS3, so it looks as if I will be seeing it 'sans enfant' too!! It only seems like yesterday we had TS1 or TS2 on permanent video loop in the lounge & Alex could recite the dialogue word for word!! I must dig out the Buzz & Woody toys for an airing!!!!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh Deb, I can't even imagine! They just don't seem to get how much we worry!

Jennifer Grace said...

Gosh, well done for not tearing all your hair out or biting all your nails off with worry. I panicked a few people when I was travelling too, kept forgetting to update on my progress. He'll just be having a fab time and it will be going so quickly he won't realise how long it's been since he last contacted you!

I am dying to see Toy Story 3 too. Am hoping my little girl will sit through it as her first cinema trip - she loves the first two! xx