Ok, it's probably my own fault because I am always doing good deeds for people. Back in early november, one of my sons friends (15 y/o) who is at my house quite often asked if he could stay at my house for a few days at the end of Nov because his mom had to go out of town and his dad is out of the country with the military. I told him I would have to talk to his mom (actually step-mom) because I would need the details from her, and I hadn't met either of his parents yet. I normally make it a point to meet or at least introduce myself to all of my sons friends parents, but attempts to meet his mom before this didn't work out.
So he told his mom to call, and finally about a week before she was to leave she called me. She seemed very nice over the phone but she said she would be gone, for a job interview
in Hawaii, for about 10 days, and she wouldn't be back until the day after thanksgiving. I thought it sounded strange to interview for that long, and over a holiday, but I didn't want to question her and seem like I was doubting it. I agreed to have him at my house since we were having thansgiving at home anyway, and she said she would contact me with all the info, including a medical power of attorney just in case, before she left.
So, the night before she left she called to confirm, and I invited her over so she could bring his stuff and we could meet. She declined, and said that he would come to my house from school the next day and she would send everything with him.
So the next day he comes home with my son and they have to go get his stuff from his house. He had no phone numbers for his mom or dad, and she only gave him $20 to buy school lunch with, which he managed to spend half of that day. I was a little annoyed (not with him, but with her) that I now had responsibility for this child, I had no way to get in touch with the parents or even any doctor info if something should happen, and he didn't have enough money to get through the next ten days.
Four days later the mom calls to check on everything, and I told her I needed contact information for her since I never received it from her son. (He didn't know where it was) She said she had given it to her 17 y/o daughter, who went to her friends house, and who was supposed to get it to me. She gave me her numbers and said she would call back the next day.
So, not surprisingly, I didn't hear from her for the rest of the time. On friday after thanksgiving, the boy tells me at 10:30 that his sister had called and said his mom wanted him home by 11 am, and that he would walk home. I had company so I told him to try to call his mom and let her know that I would take him home around one if that was ok. He wasn't able to get in touch with her, so he decided he needed to get home by 11 so he wouldn't get in trouble.
I thought the mom would call me to see how things went, or at least say thank you, but I still haven't heard from her. I have been reluctant to call her because I'm pretty mad and I know I will say things that I will probably regret. This boy has said in the past that he has problems with his step mom, but I always thought it was the normal teen/step-parent issues.
Anyway, there are more details to this story, but it already looks like a novel instead of a post. Just needed to vent. My husband had doubts about watching him because we hadn't met the parents, and now he is saying "I told you so", which I deserve. Thanks for listening.