While we were watching our oldest daughter navigate her way through middle school, there was much more going on. Without getting into specific details, we had a medical scare with Kayla. For what felt like a lifetime, no one could tell us what was wrong with her. If you want to watch a mother slowly unravel, just have professionals tell you they have no idea why your child has certain symptoms.
If that doesn’t work, and mom still appears to be keeping her crap together, have your husband get in a car accident, and total the car. That should help to push her over the edge.
With all of life swirling around us, it’s not surprising that when Jordan had a “situation” while babysitting, I lost it. It was a last minute job, and since Jordan was already hanging out with a friend, she was told it was fine to bring her along. They asked if they could use the computer and weren’t there for more than a couple of hours. Afterwards I got a call from the mother. Apparently the girls decided to go on Youtube, which back then was somewhat new, at least in Jordan's still-sheltered world. With a five and a two year old present, they typed in “Paranormal Activity”. Tell me, how was that a good idea?? I was forwarded the videos and they were scary. gross, and filled with dead animals and ghosts. The unsuspecting boys were freaked out and could no longer sleep with the lights off. I was mortified.
Jordan apologized and cried for hours. The mother handled it very well and claimed she knew Jordan would never have done this on her own. This could not have been more true, but facts are facts. Jordan was babysitting, she participated in the search, and ultimately, she was responsible for the kids.
And in what felt like the blink of an eye, I had absolutely no control. Not over Kayla. Not over Adam, and not over our rule-following middle school daughter.