Friday, February 8, 2008

Riiiing! This is your 10:30am Freak-Out Call

When the phone rings and a recorded message from the principal of the elementary school informs you that: "Um? So, yeah. There are robbery suspects nearby? And the sheriff department has ordered a lock down on the school? For the safety of your children? And the vice principal and I are keeping a vigilant eye on the situation? We'll keep you informed? So, yeah, have a great day... we would like to thank Realty Executives for their generosity in making these recorded messages possible", it has a way of making you feel slightly unsettled. So you immediately lock your doors take a step outside to assess. There is a helicopter. Check. It is near the freeway. Check. The exact opposite direction of and nowhere near the school. Check. This is just a precautionary procedure and I can go take my shower. Check. Half and hour later, the call: "So, yeah, the sheriff has lifted the lock down? Your children are safe? We'd like to thank the sheriff department for their efforts in working with the school to protect our children? So, you can stop freaking out now? Sorry for ruining your morning... we would like to thank Realty Executives for their generosity in making these recorded messages possible". Did they by any chance mention that the suspects have been caught? Am I going to be ambushed when I leave my house? For some reason I was more unnerved by the second call.

11 comments:

Bunny Bunster said...

I ab-so-freakin'-lutely HATE up talking.

Minnesota Matron said...

Oh my. You live in an entirely different country. We had a shotting outside our children's school TWENTY years ago, and people talk like there are assault rifles perched at every corner. They still don't send their kids to school there. This kind of recorded ju-ju would send the entire state reeling.

standing still said...

This would be would be #1 on the list of freak outs, just before the one where you've driven into the school parking lot to pick up your Child, only to find a line of police cars at the entrance. Nothing says, "Welcome to a warm friendly safe place for your children" like armed first responders.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

No kidding! Yeah, our neighborhood isn't exactly known for crime but it is known for overreaction.

Mrs. G. said...

That's pretty over-the-top, but I guess it's good to be prepared. What a world we are preparing for.

jennifer h said...

Or sometimes you miss the note that was sent home in the Wednesday Envelope informing parents that there was a threat of harm made against the school for that Friday.

And you don't see the note, ever, because you forgot to check the envelope that week.

So you don't know what's going on until you get to school Friday afternoon (and thought the police that morning were just traffic cops)and see all the police around the school, keeping the place safe. And you feel like the worst mother, even though nothing happened, since half the kids didn't go to school that day. (Turns out, we would have sent them anyway, but still.)

Realty Executives. Making children safe since 1999. Or whenever. (What happens if they withdraw their sponsorship? No phone messages?)

HRH said...

OMG, that is so freaky. Thank God for Realty Executives!

Cheri said...

Good grief. First, I would have totally freaked out, and I grew up in L.A. Second, I would always associate Realty Executives with disaster. Are they kidding? Oh my.

Lulu said...

So, a real estate agency is sending you messages about a school lock down?

JCK said...

Man, I didn't know about these recorded messages. That in itself is scary.... Glad it was a false alarm!!

Melissa said...

I've been reading through your blog (I'll read anyone's blog whose comment starts with "I agree with what Melissa said" ;) ) and this post totally cracked me up! I *love* your description of the recorded message. Especially the question marks!