Saturday, 14 March 2009
NOT A GOOD WAY TO END A BIRTHDAY, PERHAPS???
This is my youngest son on his 18th birthday with his best mate!!!!!
So your youngest son gets to be 18 on Friday 13th. All is going well. Presents have been given, time with mum spent, and off he goes out drinking with his mates.
Now he is not a stranger to drinking despite it only being legal for the first time today. He has been going out and drinking since he was 15.
Which if your British won't be so shocking and if American ... very.
I remember my father telling me the story of when he reached 18 and telling the landlady that he was 18 and therefore legal, she throw him out of the pub, as he'd been a regular for the previous two years.
I started drinking when I was 16, not that I liked it much, took to my 40th birthday for me to appreciate the taste of gin and tonic. Nowadays I only drink Bombay Sapphire when I drink gin. And really other than Champagne, which I adore you can keep booze.
But I digress, one of youngest's mates in his infinite wisdom decides that the very thing Al needs is 10 shots for his birthday. By this time Alex has been drinking a mixture of beer and Sambucca all evening ( not in the same glass I hasten to add!!!!!)
The shots are a mixture of alcohols, Al says he can't drink 10 shots, so they are all put in one glass and he necks it.
This is when life goes wrong for my baby!!!
He decides that someone has been staring at him, he goes outside the club he is in, and punches the person in the face. Now it would have been okay if he hadn't done it in full view of the Police!!!! They had no choice but to arrest him.
So my little angel spends his birthday night in the cells sleeping off the affects of the alcohol. He managed to phone me on his way to the police station to alert me to what had happened, and before he was put in the cell he phoned me again.
He didn't know which police station he was in. I managed to locate him this morning only to be told there was absolutely no point in going down there. As once he'd been interviewed he'd be let out.
He arrived home at midday in a police car. He had a shower and then went straight out to watch the match (only one that counted round here today, Liverpool v Manchester!! and Al has been a Liverpool supporter always)
But this evening he has spent three hours with his aunt and uncle and me, coping with us taking the piss out of him for his antics.
Now of course on one level these have just added to his street cred. But Al is not so stupid to know that actually this is not the way he wants to run his life. And that if he hadn't been so inebriated it would never have happened. Or rather he'd have noticed the presence of the police and acted accordingly perhaps!!!
But whatever, he has been able to talk about his experience openly and what his feelings outside of the bravado are, so although it was a terrible way to end his 18th birthday, it was also a salutatory lesson for him, which he appreciates..... if only cause the food was so bad in the nick!!!
Ever such a small nag.....I've moved up into second place but I really need for you all to vote again, as the leader is 12 points in front of me. I know this is a pain, and my words weren't that exciting in the first place but I'm just thinking how valuable that $50 dollars would be going towards the roof. I promise never to do anything like this again here..... but in the meantime .... PLEASE VOTE!!!!!