A DMK Production
Your fourteen year old son, Nathaniel, is in the drama group/class at his high school. The class is responsible for the spring school play.
The play opened last night (a Friday) and there was an after party planned at the home of one of the senior drama students. You checked with the mother of the hosting student and she indicated the party was just for the drama class (20 students) and that she and her husband would be present as would be another student's parents and the drama teacher. There is a pool and there will be music and the menu is copious amounts of junk food. The student's mother invited you to attend if you so desired. You agreed that Nathaniel could attend and declined the invitation to attend yourself.
A further arrangement was made that the hosting student would drive Nathaniel and another student home after the party. The other two students are eighteen year old seniors who you know. The hosting student has driven Nathaniel home after practices several times. You trust the arrangement.
The play was a success and you dropped Nathaniel off at the house where the party was located after. You asked when the party would be over and Nathaniel told you "1:30 or 2:00." (AM) You said, "I'll see you around 2:30 then." You went home and went to bed early.
You wake up early the next morning and cannot go back to sleep. You are sitting in your kitchen sipping some tea and assume Nathaniel is home and sleeping. You are shocked when Nathaniel walks in the door at 5:45 AM. He does not seem surprised to see you and even wishes you good morning.
You say, "I thought you were coming home at 2:30?"
"The other guys wanted to go to Walmart so I rode along." (What could have possibly been needed to require a Walmart run at that hour of the morning is beyond your understanding.)
"We hung out at Walmart for a while and looked around. We then were hungry (what happened to the copious amounts of junk food - oh, yeah, they're teens) so we hit Waffle House."
Nathaniel says they then drove the other boy home and then he was dropped off.
You ask why you were not called.
"Because I didn't want to wake you up and I knew you wouldn't care."
Nathaniel further adds that the senior boy who was driving and the other friend even encouraged him to call but he stressed you wouldn't care.
For the record, had he called you then you would most likely have allowed the Walmart run and the early breakfast.
You tell Nathaniel that you are upset with him and that he should have called you.
"I didn't want to wake you and I didn't think you would care."
Do you care?