No matter where you are or what you are doing, when you receive a call from the school nurse, she has the supernatural power to make time stand still.
"Hello, is this Samuel's mother?" the voice in the phone asks me. "Yes, it is." I say hesitantly. "Hi, this is Dori the school nurse from the grammar school..."
Time for me has now offically stopped.
You would think that after four children and quite a few of these phone calls in my lifetime I would be a pro at this. You would think that being a 911 emergency dispatcher, that I would be well trained to handle emergencies in my own life. You would think that I could think much more clearly than the average person, since emergencies are what I handle on a weekly basis.
You would think...
"Samuel had a little accident." The time-stopping nurse continues.
My mind is already running way ahead of her...little accident? Did he fall? Is he unconscious? Does he need stitches?
This is where my prior emergency experiences can make things even worse. The unimaginable is exactly what I am imagining.
"It seems that Samuel and his friend Nicky bumped heads and then Samuel bumped his head into a tree." She tells me. "I thought he may need stitches but it looks like the cut under his eye wasn't as deep a cut as I originally thought."
"Thank you Lord!" I silently pray.
Big sigh of relief on my end and time begins to move again...until the next time.