I won’t look out the window. He’s only a minute late. I’m not going to look out the window. Everything is fine. It’s only been 1 minute. 60 teeny tiny seconds. Don’t look out the window.
Okay, 2 minutes. He’s 2 minutes late. 2 minutes is not a long time, but just in case…
nope. No bus. And there’s usually a car sitting there waiting to pick up one of the kids, but the car isn’t there. Did the bus already go by? No. I didn’t hear the bus. It’s just running late.
Why the hell did that car drive by so fast? Was he in the back of that car? While I’m sitting here looking out the bedroom window, was he already around front being kidnapped by some creep? Or maybe he’s out front right now. Did I unlock the door for him…
Door’s unlocked. He’ll probably be walking in any second now…
I think this tightening in my chest is a sign. Something has happened to him. I knew something like this would happen. Life has been too good lately, of course something bad is bound to happen. Just please not this! WHERE IS HE?!
The bus could just be running late. Should I call the school? Certainly they would know if one of their buses was running behind. Or maybe there was an accident? Maybe the bus driver was drunk and took off for the highway and crashed into a semi tuck and then, car after car after car crashed into them, and my baby flew out the window and is now laying in a ditch unconscious and they’ll never find him or if they do it will be too late? I should call the school.
Get it together. You haven’t heard the bus yet. Why not just walk down to the bus stop and wait? And if there’s other parents there they can confirm the bus is just running late. And if there’s no parents there…okay take your cell phone in case you need to call the school.
That’s it! I’m going to hunt down my baby, and God help anyone who tries to stop me!
Thank you, Jesus! Hold back tears and stay calm.
“Hey buddy. Running a little late today?”
“Nah. Mrs. Peltier asked me how my day was so I was telling her about my speech.”
He’s just been out back this entire time? But I didn’t hear the bus!
“Oh. Well. I’m glad you’re home.”
Don’t hug him tightly against your chest like a psycho. Just mess up his hair a little.
“Can I go outside?”
NO! You’re never leaving my sight again my little huggy buggy boo-boo bear!
“Sure, just stay where I can see you.”
Where is that boy?
- I recently read that the world is actually a much safer place now than it was 10 or 20 years ago. However, people are more afraid now than ever because we are constantly seeing and reading about horrible things happening in this world. I rolled my eyes when I read it, but now I realize the struggle is real, y’all. It’s real.