I had planned to come on here and blog tonight. My husband is on his two week night-shift cycle. Plus the new laptop we bought me to use for work arrived and affords me a wonderful keyboard which makes typing easy when compared to the netbook. I had some wonderful ideas to share.
But then, when my husband picked me up from work this afternoon, he was on the phone with our soon to be 14 year old son. Our son was asking when I’d be home because he had to talk to me.
The first thing he said to me when I got home was, “Don’t worry Mom, I’m not in trouble.”
Those words don’t work coming from a teenaged boy!
When he could express in words, he told me that while waiting for the bus this morning, he witnessed a hit-&-run between a car and a bicyclist. There had been a University student standing beside him and that person had a cell phone and called 911. When the police arrived, they decided to send our son along his way without taking his statement as the other person was giving a good statement. Or so I am told.
Our son then walked 45 minutes to school. Or so he told me. Late this evening I could tell he wasn’t okay. I had already promised to walk him to the bus stop tomorrow, being grateful that a day with clients meant I had the flexibility to walk with him.
So we called a support line together. That is when I learned that our son had a panic attack on the way to his school and actually spent a good hour or so hiding in the bushes on the way to school.
As we talked with the Counselor, our son repeated about how hard it was to trust. I can’t say for sure, but the cyclist was likely gravely hurt from the amount of blood and his length of time unconscious according to our son’s account.
He asked, “How can I trust?”
I thought, “Yes, how can I help him regain trust?”
She replied, “Yes, you can’t trust everyone. But just like that driver fled the scene, remember the person standing right next to you called 911. He got help; he was trustworthy.”
“Yes,” said our son, “yes, that helps. Thank you.”