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Personal Safety 101 7 September 2010 No Comment
Ok, so I thought I had given my 18 year old son all the basic instructions so that he could get along, on his own, without mommy being around. Cooking, laundry, managing a checking account and writing a check, writing thank you notes, sewing a button, ironing a shirt… But it seems that there was a huge gap in my teachings: personal safety on the streets.
This realization became a pressing item to address when Pam, a good friend called to let me know that her son had been mugged - just a couple of days after having dropped him off for his college freshman year! HE IS OK. But I don't even want to think of the horror of getting such a call at 1:00 am when you are 800+ miles away from your child.
The story in short: Drew, the son in question, was walking back home with a group of new college friends when they Personal Safety on Campuswere accosted by another group of youths that were selling drugs. I don't have details on the situation, but know that the exchange between the two groups degenerated, with the "hoodlums" running off with Drew's brand new, latest model iPhone. Insulted, he looked to retrieve the phone, only to be assaulted and beaten to the ground. Friends called 911 and Drew spent the remainder of the night in the ER, being tested and scanned before being sent back to his dorm. We now jokingly call it "the Good Assault", meaning that though Drew had two black eyes and other nasty bruises (physical and emotional, I'm sure), he was lucky that there were no severe injuries. AND, this was "good" in the sense that it created an excellent wake up call for the rest of us: TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY!
I'm feeling horribly embarrassed and guilty that I never directly gave my own son advice for his own safety as he left the nest. We like to think that our older kids are
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