Why is it that when someone leaves you a message saying that it's not an emergency, but you should call back ASAP you feel like there's a mixed message there? Maybe because in the message they repeat 2 or 3 more times that it's not an emergency but they really need to speak with you. Maybe it's because that phone message is from the administrative assisstant where your child goes to school? If the point is being made it's not an emergency, but they need to hear from you soon are you thinking "What in the world has DD done now?"? Or are you thinking maybe there is something wrong, but they didn't want to leave the details in the message? Of course the answer to all these questions is to pick up the phone and call the school no matter the feeling of dread in your stomach. So you call the school, get the admin, and her first words are "DD's fine now". OK maybe not an emergency, but still not good first words. Turns out DD had overheated then passed out while serving at the school's Friday Mass. DD recovered once they got her cooled down and she was already back in class by the time I called. Poor kid was absolutely mortified that it had happened in front of the entire school. To add insult to injury, last night was the back to school party and poor DD not only had to field questions from schoolmates, but from their parents. On the drive home, DD leaned back in the seat, closed her eyes and with the pained fatality that only a preteen can muster noted "I'm never going to live this one down am I?"
When one has children, life is never dull.