Thursday, July 7, 2011

UhOh! Calling 911 by Mistake is Not a Good Idea!

Last night we were babysitting Zach, our two year old grandson, and as usual having a great time with him. My son is usually at work but he was home in the late afternoon and we put Zach in my Ignite stroller – which I really, really like – and so does Zach and walked through the nearby park onto the main avenue and up to the farmer’s market for something for dinner. We had a nice healthy walk and Zach enjoyed the walk taking in the sights – especially the geese – a word he says perfectly.

My husband was with him in his home office where he likes to draw with a tumbler of pens and markers….and play with the phone, computer, etc. I was preparing dinner when the phone rang.

Caller: “Hello, this is the police… Did you just dial 911?”

Me: “Uhoh…I think my grandson did by mistake.”

Caller: “I’ve already dispatched a police car. Would you please go outside and let the police officer know that everything is okay.”

Me: “Of course. I’m sorry. We’ll be more careful in the future.”

I step onto my front porch and there is a police car coming up the block. I go to the street and meet him and explain and apologize.

Police Officer: (With a big smile) I have a one year old and this happens all the time. Its okay.

It is so nice to have a friendly forgiving police officer show up at your house. And we do need to be more careful with letting him play with the phone. As my daughter said. “You were lucky he didn’t call China!”


sdurante said...

I'm curious what little Zach said when you asked him about it.
Nice that he knows how and what to dial in an emergency!

Mauigirl said...

Hi Marion, just caught up with your blog. Zach is sure getting big, I can't believe he's two! Very funny about him calling 911. Frannie's right, (oops, Fran) lucky he didn't call China!

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Ha! I've heard of kids doing that when given an old cell phone after Mom or Dad upgrade. Apparently the 911 still works on those, as long as the battery is in it. Zach is precious!

Susan Adcox said...

It is nice to have a friendly police officer in these cases. The parent (or grandparent) involved is usually already super embarrassed.