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As some of you know, my daughter & her 2 boys live with us. The boys are 15 & just shy of 17. I swear the 17 yr old is an accident looking for a place to happen. He is the one who broke his right ankle on Super Bowl Sunday while playing ball with his dad & his brother. Now today he decided the genius thing to do was ride in the back of his friend's pickup.  Needless to say, his friend was going too fast around a curve on a gravel road & Mike was flung out.  The 3 other kids who were there were so panicked that they decided to pick him up, put him in the truck & take him to the ER rather than call the police and/or an ambulance.  Thank goodness he didn't have any serious neck or internal injuries!!!  Now due to road rash on his entire right side, 2 broken front teeth & a serious wound to his left knee, he looks like he went a few rounds with Mohammad Ali, but lost.  I'm too old for this!

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Comment by Irene Gallway on September 26, 2016 at 5:07pm

So sorry to hear this but glad he is going to be alright.  I had two son's and experienced similar things during those teenage years.  It's hard getting this kind of news.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 26, 2016 at 9:33am

So true! I'm glad DGD1 has moved out. It was nice seeing her every day, but it was one thing after another. Injuries to herself, my car and several pieces of furniture that will never be the same.

I like Carol Ann's suggestion!

Comment by Laurie on September 24, 2016 at 8:16pm

I'm glad to hear that he didn't have any life threatening injuries.  My son was the accident prone person until he was .....I was going to say grown.....But he has had some injuries since he became an adult.  I know how you feel.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on September 24, 2016 at 3:43pm

Janet, I'd look for a remote cabin in the woods - no cell phone service and no marked roads to get there!  Welcome to the flawed decision-making process of the teenage brain!  

Comment by Janet/MO on September 23, 2016 at 8:51pm

I talked to my grandson tonight.  He is not handling this very well, but I suspect part of that is due to having a guilty conscience.  Plus not being able to talk due to having 2 broken front teeth & a broken nose doesn't help either.  You are all right though - it is amazing that any kid makes it through their teen years.  Roxann, I have threatened to rent a hotel room or cabin for a week & go there all by my lonesome.  That might come to pass sooner rather than later!  LOL

Comment by Roxann on September 23, 2016 at 6:50pm

Ughh that could have went so much worse! A kid I went to school with did the same thing and didn't have good results. I haven't seen him in years but last I knew he was still struggling. 

I like everyone else look back and wonder how I survived, not only from the stupid things I did but how my mom didn't kill me for doing the stupid things I did. I tell her to this day I'm so grateful parents can't divorce their children!!

I hope things get better for you! My sister and I have talked about purchasing a "bug out" house no one but she, me, and my mom know where it is so we can take a break from the kids, husband's, and the in-laws!! lol

Comment by Joanna liguz on September 23, 2016 at 1:51pm

Kids,,kids,,,kids...have a couple and you will find out just how much they do behind your back..but they do survive...You could tie them down but then they wouldn't have the fun they do..Hope he is doing ok...this too shall pass..Breathe!

Comment by Barbara Graham on September 23, 2016 at 1:48pm

It is amazing how many of us managed to survive until adulthood. I'm glad he was not hurt more seriously than he was. I'll bet he doesn't want to ride in the back of another pickup for a while.

Comment by Janet/MO on September 23, 2016 at 12:42pm

Thanks for your kind thoughts ladies.  His dad came to pick him up & keep him at his house for a few days.  His mood was not all that great last night, but today it seems to be better.  This kid is so accident prone it isn't funny whereas his brother never gets so much as a hang nail. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 23, 2016 at 8:39am

But, when I look back, it's a wonder we survived!  I'm sure we pulled some thoughtless, crazy stunts as well.  I know my husband did.  I imagine there's a learning curve for each generation. :)  

Keep calm and quilt on!  (how's that for cliche'?)  

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