Nothing can compare to the horrible phone call I got a year and a half ago. It's the kind of phone call I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Ever since the incident that prompted that phone call, Ryan has worn a medical ID bracelet with my cell phone number in case of another emergency.
Thankfully, he has been seizure-free since then and I haven't received another dreaded call. However, every time my cell phone rings and it's a number I don't recognize, my stomach clenches up a bit and I answer it because I know that it could be another Good Samaritan looking out for us.
So today, I turned my phone back on after church and noticed that I had a voicemail from a number that I didn't recognize. I knew it couldn't be someone calling about Ryan as he'd been with me all morning so I didn't get any kind of sinking feeling. In fact, I was sure it was a sales call of some sort.
And then I heard this:
Man's Voice: "Uh, hello, this is Officer Smith* and I'm calling regarding a homicide that took place last night at a property you own."
My thoughts: Oh God, our sweet tenant has been murdered in our rental house. Oh God, Oh God, Oh God.
Officer Smith: "The property is located at #### Oak Street* and we need any footage that you may have recorded on your cameras. Please give me a call back at ###-###-####."
The address he gave was not the address of our rental house. Thank goodness.
I called him back immediately. He asked if I represented the company that owned the property. I informed him that I was a stay-at-home mom and we didn't own that property. He recited the phone number he'd dialed. I informed him that he'd misdialed by one digit. He apologized for the miscommunication and I finally took a breath before hanging up.
Talk about disturbing.
I feel sorry for the person for whom that call was intended.
I wonder if they were as freaked out as I was once he finally reached them.
I guess I'll never know.
*Names have been changed in case a crazy murderer does a google search on his (or her - I don't discriminate when it comes to cases of murder) alleged crime.
For Michael, At Nine
2 weeks ago