Carmen played her soccer semi-finals tonight. There were two highlights to the game: Carmen when she stole the ball from Adam Walker and he hit the dirt (even his mom cheered for that), and then the phone call I got from Chloe towards the end of the game:
Me: Hi hon, what's up?
Chloe: I think I'm home alone!!!! I called and called Steven and he's not answering.
Me: Well maybe he went out, but Jaclyn's home. Go look for her - she's probably in her room. Then call me back.
(We hang up. Chloe calls again.)
Chloe: She's not there!!!
Me: Okay, you're fine. You can watch a little TV and I'll call Jaclyn on her cell phone and tell her to get home.
Chloe: Okay. (but she's shaky)
(My call to Jaclyn:)
Me: Where are you?
Jaclyn: I'm on a date with Ryan.
Me: I didn't know you had a date.
Jaclyn: Well, it was a last minute date.
Me: Chloe's home alone. Who left the house first, you or Steven?
Jaclyn: Steven was still home when I left.
(Can't bring myself to tell her to go home even though Steven doesn't have a cell phone for me to reach him on.)
(Steven calls me from home immediately after I finish with Jaclyn.)
Steven: Hi-mom-sorry. I forgot about Chloe and went to Mark's house to fix my bike.
Me: Uh-huh, well it worked out. Chloe was really fine.
Steven: So Gage and Mitchell want me to go out on our scooters.
Me: You can't leave her again!!!
Steven: If it's okay with Chloe can I just go to where I'm supposed to meet them to tell them I can't go?
Me: No, this is sort of a big deal.
Steven: Can I just tell them I can't come?
Me: I guess, if it's okay with Chloe.
I know most large families have a story like this, but I've prided myself on the fact that I've never left a kid behind at a gas station or Blockbuster. (Darn those big kids for ruining our family record.)
(P.S. This is so much funnier than the story of irresponsibility my big kids pulled yesterday. I can't share that one - they'd probably feel betrayed.)