Daughter #2 with her Dad last June before prom
Daughter #2 called me at about 9:45 P.M. from college. As we were talking she sounded like she was breathing a little harder than normal so I asked her if she was coming down with something. The conversation went something like this:
Her- "No- No I'm fine... why?"
Me- "Well you sound out of breath"
Her- "oh, that's because I'm on my way to the gym to workout."
Me- "oh... who are you going with?"
Her-" oh by myself cuz my room mate is sick."
Me- "By yourself? Stefanie it is 9:50 P.M."
Her- "yeah well no one wanted to go, so I decided to walk by myself- I'm almost there."
Me- *agitated* "Are you out of your mind? Walking to the gym... ALONE... @ night."
Her- "It's ok it's really well lit."
*thinking but not saying... are you out of your
Me- "That is really not safe, you shouldn't be walking across campus alone @ night, do you have your whistle etc. with you?"
Her-" Mom I am fine...I have my keys if someone would try anything and I'm here- gotta go." *click*
I was beside myself upset...
For a smart girl she does some really dumb things sometimes. What is it with kids? They think they are invincible- it won't "happen" to them...and furthermore if all she has to protect herself is her keys... by the time they are close enough to grab her her keys will be no match for any guy. Stefanie wears like a size 1... she is thin- very fit, but no match if someone wants to hurt her.
She later sent me a text msg. saying she found a friend @ the gym and they were going to walk back together. I was still upset... so in the meantime till I heard back from her (AROUND MIDNIGHT) that she was safe in her dorm I informed her that along with the Valentines care package that in the next few days she would be receiving another package containing pepper spray which she can attach to her key chain- I even ordered the hot pink one so it would look "cute". She told me she couldn't believe I had ordered it. I made her swear to me that she would never- ever walk across campus alone at night again. She swore she would not-and she better not be lying to me.
I think I am going to develop an ulcer and gray hair...the gray will enhance the bags I will get from not sleeping...