I Caught It from My Mother
Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on May 20, 2014
My mother has always worried about her children. When she doesn’t know where one of her children is, or if the child is late in coming back, her mind immediately starts jumping to the worst scenarios, and she gets very nervous.
As a kid this was frustrating to me, because it meant I always had to tell her where I was going to be. Hey, even today, when I travel away from my dorm for weekends, she likes me to call her and let her know when I arrive safely.
But the thing is, I can totally understand this tendency because I’m like that too.
I inherited it from her!
The other day, my roommate wasn’t coming back to the dorm when she usually does, and she hadn’t mentioned to me that she was going out. So I started worrying. Why wasn’t she back yet? Could something bad have happened?
I called her phone. No answer.
I called again.
She picked up and said, “Hello?”
I said, “Where are you?”
A pause, and then the line went dead.
My reaction: OH, MY GOODNESS!! SHE’S BEEN KIDNAPPED!!!
I must have called her at least five more times after that, all with no answer, and was just dialing another time when she walked in through the door.
Turns out the line went dead because she was in the subway. And there I was, all worried, half-considering calling the police.
It’s simultaneously sad and funny.