I’m enjoying Mother’s Day weekend 2005 on mid-Atlantic coast with my hubby and our guests from Europe. We are having lunch in an outdoor restaurant. Sipping drinks. Live music. Sun is shining. Relaxed. Happy.
My cellphone rings. I don’t pick up. Our food arrives. Hubby’s cellphone rings. He doesn’t pick up. My cellphone rings again. I take out phone from my bag. Adt…ADT! I open the flip.
This is ADT. Who am I talking to? What is your code?
I ramble my name and the code. Get it all correct.
We have an alarm event at you residence in Washigton D.C. Burglar alarm. Someone has entered the front door at 1:21:52 p.m.
Oh no! Nobody is at home. We are at the beach since yesterday afternoon!
We are sending the police right away. They should be there in a few minutes.
Thank you! Please keep me in the loop on what’s happening.
We will call you back once the police is there.
And I hang up. Shaking. Angry. Not hungry. I see our house being burglarized.
Then I see the red voice mail dot. I press to listen.
Alarm sound…Hi mom...more alarm sound…I drove up to surprise you for Mother’s Day….more alarm noise…I’ve forgotten the new code to disarm.…horrible alarm noise…Where are you guys? Call me!
I start to laugh. Hysterical. Relieved.
ADT calls again. Police on the way now. I tell them intruder is beloved son. In college in Florida. Finishing finals. Not supposed to come home until the following week. Forgot the new code.
I call son. Horrible noise. I shout the code. I shout again. Much louder. The guests around us stare. I shout even louder. They all learn the code. 1226. Son presses buttons. Finally silence. And the police. I down all my wine.
Son doesn’t go to jail. The next day I have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Son lifts me up in the air. Bear hugs. I love bear hugs. The whole family together. Very happy.
Later I change the code. I pay the bill. False alarm. 15 dollars. It was worth it!
Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there! May your day be wonderful!
Love always, Tiny
23 thoughts on “Picture This”
Happy Mothers Day my friend! Enjoy it much more that 2005! lol…big hugs!
Thanks Jackie! Will do. Many hugs to you too 🙂
What a grand story. May your Mother’s Day be as memorable but not as alarming, this year.
Thank you Gallivanta! That year it started alarmingly but ended wonderfully. Happy Mother’s Day to you too!
Oh so enjoy reading this post! I love bear hugs too and especially from my daughter!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Yes, bear hugs are wonderful! I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!
Beautiful photo and adventure.~ Dennis
Thank you so much Dennis. Congrats on your upcoming book!
Phew! What a story. So many emotions all at once. AND a happy ending!
It had all the ingredients of a great story…little unnerving to live through though. But the ending was perfect – all worth it!
Oh Tiny, a gem! what a precious son, and an amazing story! Happy Mother’s Day!
Thanks! This was one to remember 🙂 I hope you had a great day too!
Wow, and it start so idyllically!
Ended nicely too, but in the middle…not too fun!
Wow! Now that is one to remember!
ps How awesome that he tried to surprise you that way, regardless the alarm/police/etc. 🙂
Yes, that year’s Mother’s Day was among the most memorable 🙂
Beautiful story! What a range of emotions that must have been. And it ends in love. Nice!
Thanks Cyndi! Yes, I experienced a dozen of strong emotions in the cause of 15 minutes. Such is life sometimes 🙂
You will not soon forget this Mothers Day!! Your poor son, bless his heart! Happy Mothers Day ~
This one is memorable! Happy Mother’s Day to you too!!
Mother’s Day 2005 will live in our archives forever now – what a wonderful story but how incredible is it that we can have so many emotions in SUCH a short time AND live to tell the story – Happy, albeit belated, Mother’s Day!
Thank you Joanne! The same to you 🙂