9.13.2010

Ice, Ice Baby

When I see parents exasperated, chasing toddler boys, I always say, "Don't worry, it may seem more difficult now, but boys are much easier when they're older." Really? Why do I lie to complete strangers?

Early Saturday morning, a Georgia police officer left a voice message on my cell phone, informing me that my son was in the hospital...(mumbling southern accent)...or the police station...(mumble, mumble)...assaulted in a parking lot...(southern drawl)...followed by phone numbers (ya'll).

When I finally reached Patrick on the phone, I had a difficult time understanding details of the assault, probably due to the punches that had landed on his jaw. He had been walking home from the bar, when a handful of guys jumped him in the parking lot. He took a few blows to the face before hitting the asphalt, and managed to break the fall with his forehead and elbows, before they gave him a few kicks to his kidneys, took his $20, and left.

Unconscious for a while, the next thing he remembered was being on someone's porch, then walking around the hospital, where he was treated, and given a $480 ticket for being a minor under the influence of alcohol. I suppose I should be grateful they didn't throw him in jail for bleeding on public property.

9 comments:

Kelly said...

I hope he's ok. What an awful thing to happen. :(

Anonymous said...

The bleeding ticket will come later, if they can locate their records. First the pain, then the punishment. If you can't find the guilty, then it is easier to make the person pay who is the victim.

The Gaelic Wife said...

Did someone find him lying unconscious in the parking lot? What about looking for the kids who did that to him?

Bender's Better Brother said...

Good to know the cops are going after the easy ticket.

I'm sure Patrick will be okay and at least have learned some sort of lesson from this. He also owes you $400 worth of garden maintenance.

ColleenQ said...

Kelly: agreed. I'm wondering what's to come...he's only 20!

Anon TQ: well, at least he got yelled at, to boot. And go on, admire the photo!

Gaelic Wife: there were witnesses in the parking lot, who saw the attack and chased them away. None of them recognized the thugs, either.

Monty: I'm also charging interest. He'll be watching chick flicks with his mom in the near future...

terri said...

AAAACK! A mommy's nightmare...I am so very sorry, Indi.

Watch P.S. I love you - guaranteed to make every man roll his eyes eternally. :)

LQ said...

This month has been a ringer. I love you.

DavidShag said...

Well, if it wasn't a gay bar, you have one silver lining. And he was WALKING home, that's a second bright spot. Was it a random robbery? I am sorry for your worry, and maybe this isn't the start of things to come - think of it as aversion therapy. I realize now how awful it must have been for my Mom - she had 8 sons, none of which were ever proposed for Boy of the Year. Next month will be better. Or not.

junquedujour said...

"He'll be watching chick flicks with his mom in the near future... "

ummm, won't he turn you into to child protective services for cruel and unusual punishment or something of the sort?

damn girl! you are good!

glad to read that the son will be okay. that will learn him to have 20 bux left in his wallet when he leaves a bar, eh?