We took one of the boy's friends, B, up to Tower Camp with us on Sunday and as we were driving home his Mom sent a text wanting to know why he was late and when he'd be home.
Late? He never said a word to us about having to be home at a
We were still an hour away from home so the Island King told B to
give him the phone and he'd take care of it.
I thought he meant he'd handle it in a mature, responsible way by
calling and telling her where we were, and how long it would be
before we got home.
Except that's not what he meant.
I was driving so he fired off a text to B's Mom saying “It's all
chill baby, we're headin to the crib now and will be there in a
At this point we know that B's Mom is going to think B sent the
text and we were laughing pretty hard.
She texted back and you could tell she wasn't real happy with him
and again asked what time he'd be home.
The Island King responds by telling her to “Chill sweet cheeks,
we'll be there in 4 shakes of a lamb's tail.”
We're laughing even harder at this point and a couple of minutes
later she sends a text back with 4 goat emoticons and says she
couldn't find an lambs or lamb tail emoticons.
I was laughing so hard I almost had to pull over and the Island
King sent her another text. This time he says “I love them goats
Now keep in mind that B's Mom has no idea that it's not him
texting her and we knew she was wondering what was going on.
A couple of minutes goes by and she sends another text and this
time she really wants to know when he'll be home.
The Island King texts back saying “Chill Mama, we're headin that
An angry text comes back wanting to know exactly where he is and
exactly when will he be home.
By now everyone in the car is laughing hysterically, including B,
but we all know he is in big trouble.
I tell the Island King to give B the phone and let him send her a
real message letting her know we'll be there but he tells me that
he'll handle it.
I thought that meant he'd call her and explain that he was the one
messing with her in the text messages and give her our ETA.
I don't know why I thought that.
I look over and see the Island King snapping off selfies and
sending them to her.
It took every ounce of self control I had not to run off the road
because I was laughing so hard.
There was radio silence for about 10 minutes and we were all wondering what she must be thinking. When she responded she said “Where is B and do I need to come and get him?”
Which was the end of me. I couldn't even breathe I was laughing so
hard. This poor woman has no idea when her son will be home or why my
husband is sending her selfies.
I finally had to tell one of the boys to take the phone and send
her a text telling her we were 10 minutes out and would be right
When we pulled up in front of his house she was standing outside,
not looking too happy. We dropped him off and kept moving.
I was really hoping he wasn't in trouble because of the Island
King's antics but the next day he came over after school and said
that she was mad because he was late but she had no idea what was
going on with the texts and the selfies.
He told her “You must have understood a little because you sent
us 4 goat emoticons” which caused her to crack up and tell him that
yes she was mad about him being late but that the texts were so weird
she knew they weren't from him and when she got the selfies and
realized it was the Island King who'd been messing with her she
laughed until she cried.
This is why our children all have quirky friends with quirky
parents – we run the “normal” ones off pretty fast.