So I’m out back with Jacob, Renee is inside cleaning, and Ray is upstairs watching TV, right?

I come inside, take Jake upstairs, no Raymond. Check his room. No Raymond. Ask Renee where his is “upstairs, isn’t he?”
OK, don’t panic, but start a very calm, complete check of the house top to bottom. No Raymond.
Check yard, front, back, woods….No Raymond.
Check street, ask neighbors….No Raymond. Start to panic. Have Renee call 911.
With neighbors, re-check woods, re-check road, ask about traffic. Brainstorm – where could he be?
Renee hears thump, has dog and Jake. Runs to investigate.

Raymond has turned up. Stop emergency, cry, hug, call everyone and stop the search.

He won’t tell us where he was, which I expect means he was somewhere he shouldn’t have been. There are only one or two places that could be, and I’d normally kill him for being in them. normally. We were just happy that he was found.

The rest of the day was boring. Played with jake out back for a long time, watched the Biker Build-Off final (Indian Larry vs. Dave Lane), had dinner with Renee’s parents.

I’ll take boring any time. Thought to self when going to re-check the woods : “Can’t have an uneventful weekend, can we?”

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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3 Responses to Whew!

  1. catherine says:

    OMG>..I would’ve freaked!!!

  2. alchemist says:

    She did. I didn’t. I was starting too, but didn’t.

    I have the annoying ability to not pnic until the crisis is over. Keep a cool head, go somewhere private, freak out, then back to it. probably some leftover Boy Scout training or something.

  3. maxdwolf says:

    Hate to tell you, but it’s probably not going to get easier. Took my 10 y.o. niece (she’s 11 now) to some school event in what I thought was a bright, easy to spot blue outfit. She disappeared in nothing flat like a little ninja smurf. Fortunately showed herself just before panic time (funny how they always know).

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