Today started off normally enough, with a trip to Walmart for Jasper and me. Then we came home and put food away. Spencer had spent the night at a friend’s house, so Walter couldn’t leave for work until he got here after having only two hours of sleep.
They went out to do leaf removal at their client’s property, and Lucy and Jasper and I stayed here to get ready for the chai party and do a little decorating. One thing I enjoyed doing was finally hanging all the candle lanterns that I’ve been slowly collecting since summertime. I made wire hangers and hung most of them from our mulberry tree which is next to the patio.
Then Spencer and Walter came home, and Spencer was so tired that instead of helping with chai party preparation, he said he was just going to take a shower and then take a nap. Some time later, I wondered where he was, and Jasper said he had walked out of the house.
I was more than a little annoyed. We really could have used his help, and I couldn’t help thinking that if he was too tired to help with setup, he should also be too tired to go hang out with his friends. I texted him. No answer.
There was still no sign of him at supper time, or when the chai party started despite the frigid temperatures and occasional drizzle. By this time we were all a little concerned, but I think we all thought that he must have gone to do something with his friend Drew. Then Drew showed up at the chai party wondering where Spencer was. This prompted a near panic.
Drew called or texted all their mutual friends to see if they had seen Spencer. No one had. Kat was in tears and headed over here. A couple of other friends said we should call the police. I was in the house texting Spencer again and trying not to freak out when he walked out of Mercy’s room–where he had been sleeping for the last 5 hours! We had looked in every other room of the house, but not there because after all, Jasper was sure he had seen Spencer leave!
Kat arrived within minutes, and also Drew and Lucy, who had been on campus looking for Spencer. He couldn’t believe he had slept so long and not heard any of his notifications as his friends frantically tried to contact him. I have a feeling he’ll be hearing about this for some time to come!
Meanwhile, at the chai party, as I huddled near the fire, I got to hold an adorable three month old baby whose parents had braved the cold to come. The baby was well wrapped in a blanket, but she didn’t have a hat because she had outgrown her old one and the parents hadn’t been able to find a new one the right size.
Obviously, I took that as a challenge. No baby of my acquaintance should have to go around with a cold head. The hat has already been cast on and should be done quite quickly since after all, baby heads are tiny.