My relaxing NYE in front of the telly - DID YOU SEE PANDA BABIES? - got a whole heap frettier once we were informed that Mr 18 was going out with his friends into town.
I warned him about alcohol poisoning and that he could die.
I warned him about hypothermia- also he could die - I did actually make him go back and put a t shirt on under his shirt because he was going out without a coat!!
I warned him to stay away from morons and dickheads who were just out looking for trouble.
I took his photo to mark the occasion ( and also so the police would have an accurate description image should they need it for when I rang them to say he's not come home ) ( I'm not even kidding!!! )
His mate Dave arrived to pick him up.
I told him to have a good time!!
It was his first significant night out. I don't know if I worried more because he's my only child left at home, or whether it's because he's a boy or whether he's that much quieter and less social than his sister!!
My friends ( unhelpfully) reminded me of when we used to go out without a coat on and get absolutely leathered on Diamond Whites and vodka!! But the pubs shut at 11pm then and no club was open past 2am. And no one seemed to get stabbed and set upon for no reason.
Anyway, he sent me a Happy New Year message at midnight. Me and Jools woke the HG to do the same. I stayed awake what iffing till 2am. I sent the boy a text instructing him to come and wake me to let me know he's in.
At 4.10am the HG woke me to tell me he wasn't in yet. The HG hadn't really slept at all!! At 4.11am, just as I picked up my phone to ( RING THE POLICE ALL HYSTERICAL) see if Mr 18 had texted back - he had!! "OK" was his reply. The front door opened and in he rolled! The HG went to check him over to see everything was alright and he went straight to bed!!
I've been to check he hasn't choked to death on his own vomit and he's still asleep! He'll probably have a bad head! But also some happy memories of a great night out with his pals! Like I do, with mine!!
I'm glad this right of passage is done. This parenting lark gets harder!! Bring back toddler tantrums and potty training!
Today there is roast beef for tea. The Dining room will be de- decked and I'll knit a bit having not done any yesterday!
The first of the month and I forgot to say white rabbits!! Mind you I can't be that unlucky; I won £10 on the Postcode Lottery, I've two great offsprings and a lovely HG. There's food in the fridge and cupboards and it was payday yesterday! So until all the bills zap out electronically, money in the bank!! I've a job I love, hobbies to do, loads of friends.
I'm a bit of a spoilt brat compared to some. So 2016, lets be having you!
This picture made me laugh.
Lots of love from
Rachel *a few more worry lines* Radiostar xxx
Yes I so feel for you!!! I still go through this myself with my 43 year old daughter!!!!! It would be different if she were different!!! She is the worst scatter brain I know and I am surprised she hasn't been sold into slavery as yet except she is a bit long in the tooth now!!! I still lay awake until I hear from her when she travels or goes out like last night. tch! Well I think this is probably a story that many mothers can replicate. I like the sound of your coziness because you sound happy with your lot!!! Well done and a happy new year!ReplyDelete
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Hahaa Amanda that's so funny! Sold herself into slavery!! I saw the giveaway, but didn't know how to 'grab the badge' thingy on my iPad xxDelete
Don't worry too much about the !badge thingy! as an alternative you could also just give a mention in your next post!!! Thanks!!!Delete
I'll get on it tomorrow Amanda xxDelete
Happy New Year Rachel. I will worry just the same when it's L's turn. My parents never knew about my nights out because I waited until I moved out to have fun. I remember most of them.ReplyDelete
I don't think the worry ever will end!Delete
Oh yes, I remember it well. First with my younger siblings and then my son and step children. Last night it was Francesca, she was in Chelmsford with a friend from work. I had the mobile beside my bed with the volume set at the highest. The text came in at 2.20 to say they were back indoors. Then I slept like a bump on a log till 8.15.ReplyDelete
Blooming young people all going out and having fun!! I slept like the log your bump was on!!Delete
You never stop worrying Rachel. Mine are 35 and 32......and I still worry about them constantly.ReplyDelete
That picture made me laugh out loud........love the T.Rex one.
Have a smashing day today-x-
They do not warn you of the in the baby books!Delete
I was chortling like a loon until I thought 'crappit, Violet will be wanting to go out with her mates in a few years time'. I'm going to be a lot worse than you. I've already informed Bill that he has to lurk around keeping an eye on her and her mates, and making sure they get in his car when they want to go home. I remember my own behaviour Back In The Day. Eeks. Falling off a shed roof after guzzling super strength beer being my favourite. What a twit. But I soon got bored. And if she's like me - so far she is - she'll probably be the same. I hope.ReplyDelete
Glad all were present and correct, hope the headache isn't too bad for him this morning! Happy 2016 to you xx
I'm not even admitting stuff that I got up to!! I'll be here to soothe you when V is dabbling in going out stuff!! XDelete
Our lot went through all that before mobile phones - imagine that - they couldn't let us know where they were at all!ReplyDelete
I've stopped worrying now they are 28,34 and 35 - think they are big enough to survive.
Only ten me years of worry for me then Sue!!Delete
Yes a familiar theme here too, although L at least is in that highly antisocial stage where he's happiest locked in his room sunk into an xbox :o) Glad all went well (if late). Have a good first day of 2016 XXReplyDelete
We've had a chilled day and at least we know where they are when they are on the Xbox!!Delete
In addition to your list of admonitions we tell our youngest daughter (student aged 23) not to lose her phone. She has lost three iPhones when out clubbing. Even though she pays for her phones herself this is still insufficient incentive to be more careful. On the plus side she is very knowledgeable about what actions need to be taken when you lose a mobile phone.ReplyDelete
Miss 21 has broken three phones. I think girls are worse than boys!Delete
I think we've all been there and done that. I never used to be able to get to sleep until everyone was home.ReplyDelete
Parenthood = lack of sleep!!!Delete
Sounds like quite a night all round! Glad that you all survived! xxReplyDelete
It is a big bad world out there and I suppose I have to cut the apron strings sometime!Delete
I know just how you feel. My youngest son is 22 but lives at home and I still worry when he's out with his mates. Last night his band was playing a gig at a Heavy Metal pub and they got paid in drinks. After that he went on to an all night club. He didn't get home until 10.30 this morning, having hung around waiting for the first train home...Sunday service of course. We don't have a car any more which makes it even more of a worry as we can't go and pick him up in an emergency. He was a little the worse for wear but not as bad as I'd expected. It turns out the gig was a great success and they've been asked to play there again...but there was an awful lot of drink available. I've given him all the warnings but in the end I just have to trust him to be remotely sensible. I guess I'll always worry about my baby...especially remembering what I got up to when I was his age!!!ReplyDelete
Pad in drinks! That's just so shocking!! I guess I just got all middle aged and am becoming a party pooper!Delete
Oh Rachel, your post made me laugh as well as really feel for you. Amy isn't far off these nights out with friends and I know I'll be a nervous wreck wondering where she is and if she's OK. At least they have phones though, although that can be worse. Texting them, only for them not to get back in touch with you leaves you thinking all sorts. But the main thing is he had a brilliant time as we all did when we were 18! Hope you've had a lovely day. xxReplyDelete
I always worry that someone will mug them for their phones when they are taking it out to read texts from me!!! Today has been lovely XDelete
I feel very blessed that my son only goes out locally as I know my sister tears her hair out with worry as her son prefers going out to town. Your posts always make me giggle, hope 2016 is everything you want it to be xxReplyDelete
Oh me too! I'd like it to be full of lottery wins!!!Delete
Oh dear I've got this to come! xxxReplyDelete
Oh dear, I've got this to come! In spite of your angst, am I allowed to laugh? xReplyDelete
I'll be here when it does.....Delete