Midnight Texting

I've written a few stories about how overprotective my mother can be. She's a lot better than she used to be, now that I've graduated college and all.  But there's this really annoying habit she has of waking up in the middle of the night, going to the bathroom, and while she's at it, she notices whether or not I'm in bed (my bedroom is on the way to the bathroom from her bedroom).  If she sees that I'm not there, she looks out the window for my car.  If my car is not there, she texts me and asks if I'm okay.  If I do not respond to that text within two minutes, she texts me again.  I usually end up responding eventually if I'm out that late, but occasionally, I'm driving home while she's texting me, in which case I don't text and drive.  So if she's texted me, and I haven't responded by the time I get home, she is usually up, sitting in the living room, when I get home.  This was the case tonight, although I suppose I threw her a bit of a curveball this time.

She softly whispered my name as soon as I got upstairs, to which I jumped from being startled.  "I was worried about you..." and the usual paranoid stuff she says.  Usually, I just brush it off and go to bed.  This time, she kept prying. She said, as she has said many times before, "If you're going to be out late, just text me and let me know.  Is that too much to ask?"  I was incredibly frustrated...this had happened one too many times, so I let her have it.

"It's just irrational...that's what it is.  Why wouldn't I be okay?  Did you think I got hit by a semi or something?"  We argued for a while.  "If I was gone for a couple days, and you hadn't seen me, wouldn't you be worried about me?" she asked.

"Sure I would, but I wasn't gone a couple days...I was just home late!  It hasn't even been a day since you've seen me last!  If you got home at 2AM, I wouldn't care...I'd be too busy sleeping!  If you hadn't had to get up and go to the bathroom, you would be too.  Now, if you had woken up for the day, and I wasn't home by 11AM, then that would be different.  But it's not 11AM...it's TWO IN THE MORNING!  Are you done now?"

"I guess..." she said, and we finally both went to bed.
RopinTexan RopinTexan
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Sep 20, 2012