I Thought my Friend Died Today and was Worried Sick for an Hour. I'm Pretty Sure My Mom Wakes up Every Day With These Thoughts and I Don't Know How She Does it.
Last night I got home from my hockey game at 10:30 and when I went to shower I noticed that Jamie wasn't home. That's odd. She never stays out late. Usually in bed by ten o'clock. I just shrugged it off and thought, I'll have to text her tomorrow morning to ask where she was.
Cuts to this morning. I'm leaving the house and David, another roommate calls and asks if I have heard from Jamie. She didn't come home. We can't track her on Find my Friends. All texts are going from iMessage to Text Message so her phone must be off. I ask David if I should get in touch with her mom but we both decide to hold off on that, no need to worry her when it could be nothing.
An hour or so goes by. Now our other friend texts us asking if we have talked to Jamie. We say no. Jamie is a texter. Responds right away. Talks to people all day so for her not to be in contact with three people who she usually talks to everyday is odd. At this point my mothers personality seeps through and I have officially started to worry.
I scan the news just to check everything out and I see this article.
So yeah, now my hearts in my stomach. Jamie rides her bike to work often. She's a female. She goes to work in the morning.
I text David and now we're both talking about how we got our mothers in us and we're really fucking worried. "Was her bike at the house?" "I think so. Well her car wasn't so she probably drove." "But that doesn't mean her bike is there." "Does she take Stanley to work." "No she takes East Jack London but Stanley is a way she could take."
At this point I think she's dead. Full blown panic. Scared shitless. Just trying to refresh all the news feeds. Message her mom. Text her brother. They both don't respond for some time. My brain says, they have heard the news and surely don't have the time or wherewithal to respond to messages right now.
Too many coincidences. The one time we don't hear from her for a long period of time is the one time an adult female bicyclists is in a fatal crash in our town. Fuck.
Then her mom finally gets back to me and lets me know they are on their family camping trip. The one Jamie has probably told me about a million times. I just didn't enter it into my brain. A sigh of relief. Then some laughs. It's all good. But holy shit does the human brain suck. I was so deep into panic and worry I couldn't think about anything else. Is this how moms feel all the time? Is this why every time I call my mom she answers with "what's wrong?!" She just spends her day thinking about all the things that could be going horribly wrong with her children. I can't even imagine. I went through it for an hour and am taxed!
The good news is that Jamie is in fact not dead. She's camping and has no phone service. The bad news is that a lot of people went through the same thing I did today but for them the girl who died was who they were worried about and that is heartbreaking.
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