As you will recall, last week Mother of a Man-Child II had yet again performed his Houdini trick, disappearing at midnight for a late night visit with friends. I discovered this at 3am in the morning when I found his bed looking rather empty. You would also know it was 4.45am before his father arrived home with him, having picked him up from a train station some distance away!!!
The first thing I actually did when he walked in the door was asked for his mobile phone. Two things surprised me initially:
- One, his mobile had no pin code on it – I thought Mother of a Man-Child II was smarter than that – to protect it in case stolen and to stop prying mothers looking at the phone.
- Two, much to my disappointment, there were no text messages on his phone. When I enquired why, he said he always automatically deletes them (the opposite behaviour of most people I’m sure).
Momentarily deflated by this, I decided to check the call log on his phone. Bingo!
Not only could I see all the recently received calls (including some stalker called his mother) but I could also see all the recently placed calls. The best thing about call logs of course is that it includes times, numbers or names (when in the address book) and dates. The detective now had exactly the evidence required. And yes, I was particularly smug about this fact, and did think myself extremely clever. I will enjoy it whilst it lasts, because it’s unlikely I’ll ever be able to repeat this feat – my son isn’t that stupid! Score: Parents 1, Kids 0.
So now armed with clear evidence of who had been involved in the late night escapade (and yes a girl was at the top of the list), we retired to bed for a few pathetic hours more sleep. What astounds me is that Mother of a Man-Child II thought it was perfectly acceptable to be out from midnight to 5am and then have a 2 hour rugby training session and play an AFL game the following day. The fact that he managed to play so well as to get Best on Ground left me further gob-smacked – freak child.
So Sunday morning came around. My first call was to the home of his school friend to find out if he had been out the night prior. Well, it transpires that this particular friend had actually been caught at the front door by his parents trying to leave home, and made up some bull-dust story about hearing noises at midnight. When his parents found a backpack with clothing and shoes outside the front of the house, they quickly wised up. When I told them about Mother of a Man-Child II’s travels, they knew they had foiled a clever plan. Score: Parents 2, Kids 0.
Then it was onto the offending female, who had called my son from her mobile and her home, thereby providing me with a landline number and direct access to her parents. Glee – until I received a recorded message. I was reluctant to leave a message lest the daughter erased it, or wised up to my calls but eventually I did. When the father called me back he was naturally very interested to learn about his daughter’s activities the prior night. Score: Parents 3, Kids 0.
There were also some phone numbers that had no name, so naturally I called them. One was a parents phone that the child had obviously used, the other interestingly was the phone of one of the 14-year-old female visitors to my house a few weeks ago – hmmm, seems she hadn’t quite learned her lesson, and was still roaming the streets late at night.
So now I have a dilemma. The only way to let this girl’s parents know what she’s doing on a regular basis is to contact her school. I am still thinking about whether or not this is the right thing to do, as it involves more than just her parents. Advice welcome!
In terms of Man-Child II, I have told him that when we extend upstairs I will be having a zoned alarm complete with trip wire put at the base of the stairs, thereby ensuring he cannot leave our house without my knowledge. And trust me the upstairs window won’t be an option – even for Houdini. 🙂