December 09, 2007

Just Plain Good Manners

So... my son was invited to a birthday party yesterday, from 4-7. I don't know the mother, but many of his friends were going, and their mothers knew the mother, and so I said yes.

An hour and a half into the party, he called me from the Mother's cell phone, saying he bumped his head and felt awful, and to come get him. We were on our way to a family party, which he was going to join us at later, so we stopped by and picked him up.

He was sick to his stomach and by the time we arrived at our destination, all he wanted to do was sleep.

He hit his head on the floor HARD at this party. HARD.

We checked his pupils, but from how he was starting to act, we realized we needed to take him to the ER just to rule out concussion. My husband took him and fortunately, they were in and out in about an hour.

So here is my question. Am I the only person that would call a Mom the next day to make sure her kid was fine? He is fine, but still has a blazing headache, his head hurts, and he's still a bit sick to his stomach. The ER doc said no concussion and sent us on our way. That's great. And I know the Mom has no clue we even had to take him to the ER.

But still. It was a party for her daughter, he hit the back of his head HARD on the floor in a game that SHE organized, he got sick enough that he had to call his parents to come pick him up... and... I have not gotten one phone call asking how he is.

Nothing. Nada.

I think that's odd. Rude too. I have a feeling I will be so bold as to walk up to her and say something... something like, "Oh, I just wanted you to know that Ringo is fine. The ER doc ended up ruling out a concussion and we were SO thankful. Just thought you should know..."

I can see that coming... it will be hard for me not to end it with 'Bitch' under my breath as I turn away.

Posted by Boudicca at December 9, 2007 10:14 PM | TrackBack

"Ouch!", in many senses of the word.

Since her floor was not damaged, I'm sure Ringo's well-being is of little to no concern to her.

Posted by: Erica at December 9, 2007 10:56 PM

It wasn't even at her house. It was at the local community center. I think the floors may be cement...

Posted by: Bou at December 9, 2007 11:04 PM

I'd have called later in the same day. That's weird.

Posted by: Peggy U at December 10, 2007 01:55 AM

Yeah she's rude. You're right....

And I *WOULD* call just to "ease her mind".......

I just don't get people these days....

Posted by: Tammi at December 10, 2007 05:39 AM

Oh that's *really* bad manners - good grief. I would at least have called to check on him...

I hope the headache is much better today.

Posted by: Richmond at December 10, 2007 09:39 AM

o how rude

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at December 10, 2007 12:10 PM

Well, since it was the Mom, I'll say it was rude. If it was the Dad, however, he might be calling you to let you know that his head didn't put a dent in the concrete floor...

Posted by: Ogre at December 10, 2007 12:45 PM

She's an idiot. Anything you would say to her would go right over her head, so don't bother.

Posted by: Denny at December 10, 2007 03:55 PM

Heh. Maybe she's too busy praying that you won't sue her.

Manners? Manners? I'm sorry, you won't get much of them from Moronicus Americanicus, which this lady seems to be.

Posted by: Elison at December 10, 2007 04:01 PM

I'm afraid Elison's first line might be the point.

I've read lots of courtroom stories about lawsuits where the plaintiff says something like "If they'd only apologized....."

But lawyers tell people never to apologize for fear of it being used as admission of guilt in a lawsuit.

That mom might just be praying you son's injury was minor and that the next call she gets isn't from a lawyer.

Posted by: George at December 10, 2007 10:35 PM

Glad to hear he is OK.

No surprise about the mom though, I have a story I need to blog about parenting today... As in there are very few of us out here...


Posted by: P'cola Titan at December 11, 2007 02:19 PM

The first thing I thought of as a reason for her not calling other than just the definition of bitch is avoiding a law suit.

A friend of mine has a trampoline in her fenced in back yard. The kids were on it and a friend of her daughter's was doing stupid tricks, fell, and broke her leg.

My friend helped through the whole ordeal, went to the ER with them, checked in afterward, and ended up being sued.

Posted by: Sissy at December 11, 2007 04:37 PM

I have a trampoline in my backyard. I make every parent sign a 'waiver' stating they understand their child may or may not be supervised and there IS a chance they will get hurt if used improperly and they WILL NOT sue me for it.

No child plays until the parent signs.

So far, it's worked out well.

Posted by: Rave at December 15, 2007 10:42 AM