My daughter is brave, most of the time. From the time she started grade school she has always been a leader. By junior high she was representing her school at various events, in high school she was a leadership camp counselor. We have watched her give a Valedictorian speech to a gym full of people, star in plays, perform with the college choir and create a business plan in college that was so good she was asked to move to Japan after graduation to actually create the company. She wouldn’t consider that because her dream, as many of you know, was to work for Disney.
In May, less than 24 hours after graduation she moved to Orlando to do just that. After graduating with high honors she was willing to be a custodian at WDW to get her foot in the door (her mother would never have been that brave) and she has since been promoted. Living in small town Illinois, she had never even driven on an interstate before her move, she now tools around in Orlando, FL which is a traffic nightmare. She moved alone, with no friends and no family as a security blanket. She lives with 2 roommates, only one of which she had ever met before-and, lets just say they are not all friends. The bills get paid, and the other two (a couple) are rude, dirty and bossy to her…and she takes it because she needs them to pay part of the rent.
The past two days, my very brave daughter has had no cell phone. Tuesday her phone was on its last legs, and Verizon told her she wasn’t eligible to get a new one until February 21. We mailed her an old phone on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning she sent me an email that her phone had completely fallen apart and I added IM to my laptop so we could talk to each other. Thursday morning she emailed and said that she had been awake all night Wednesday hyperventilating because she was “isolated from the world” without her phone. Yesterday the phone we mailed arrived, and I tried to activate it for her (the account is in my name) with a lovely Verizon operator. The operator (in Wisconsin) was talking to me (in Illinois) while I sent IM messages to my daughter (in Florida) telling her how to get the phone we mailed to work. We were on the phone over an hour, and the phone wouldn’t activate. The wonderful Verizon woman changed the date in the computer so my daughter could get a new phone this morning. It meant another night without a phone for my daughter.
I told her I would leave the IM screen on and open all night so she could just start sending messages if she needed me. She did the “you don’t have to do that” but, I could tell this was a security for her. Now, on my computer this means that not only does a bell ring if she should happen to IM me (she didn’t) but, every time I got a email in my hotmail account my computer made a loud ding. So…every time a Gather insomniac wrote an article…ba-ding! Every bit of spam email during the night…ba-ding. I couldn’t find any way to turn off the email alert bell, and still have the IM alert on. So, hubby and I would doze a moment, and jerk awake with every ba-ding! She was in an apartment with 2 other roommates, both who have phones…but, I knew she was really uncomfortable-and I’d do anything for this kid. She’s brave, very brave as long as mom is just at the other end of a phone line. Today-I will need a nap!