My oldest child lost his phone last week. He said it was probably at school in his locker. I told him to look in his locker for his phone on Friday.
He then says, Mom, I think my phone was stolen.
Me: I thought it was in your locker?
Him: um, maybe somebody took it.
Me: How did they take it out of your locker, that has a combination lock on it?
Him: Um, maybe I left it laying somewhere and they took it
Me: Oh, so it's not in your locker”?
Him: Well, I didn't look, I will look on Monday
Him: It's in lost and found, Mom, I know it is
Me: okay, well why didn't you look for it today
Him: mom, I am waayyy busy at school
…..fast forward a few days….
Me: Jace, did you find your phone
Me: Jace, are you not telling me something?
Him: No, mom, I think it's stolen.
Just typing this is wearing me down.
Did youknow AT&T has a FamilyMap plan and you can locate your children down to an exact location? Yes, really, once you sign up for the plan (1st 30 days are FREE) you can assign nicknames to their lines then with the press of a button, you can locate where they are. Cool, huh?!
I added the nifty feature onto our plan and when I got home we decided to track his phone ¦ It came back with an exact location.
Me: Jace, get in the car. We are going to get your phone.
Him: Huh, how do you know where it is?
Me: I know everything.
Him: Oh, okay.
I look up the directions to the address provided by the Family Map Plan and I am off on a mission.
The address takes me to the Soccer Fields. What? Really?! Sigh.
The phone could be anywhere “ there are a ton of people out there.
My husband calls and says the phone has moved locations. Perfect! We can go to the house, get the phone and go home. Piece of cake.
Needless to say, I knocked on about 7 doors and spoke to several nice parents and one mean dad. We didn't find the phone. We know the general area of where the phone is but the location is not specific enough. It keeps switching addresses by one number and displaying a 30-40 yard radius. The compact nature of the neighborhood did not help things. It started to get dark and I saw one guy wrote down my license plate number because I kept driving up and down his street. Oh well! Don't these people know you don't mess with a kid, or you will have to deal with his Mama!
I couldn't just give up without a fight. I didn't find the phone “ but I gave it good effort. Instead, I suspended the service, have treated my migraine and I am done.
This detective thing wore me out.
The cool thing about the FamilyMap is that Jeff actually sat and watched the phone leave the soccer fields, travel onto 1st Street, left on 2nd Street, cross the Interstate, turn right onto the next street and into the neighborhood and stop at the house (which turned out not to be the right house).
Lesson my children learned: Don't mess with mom. She knows everything.
The best part of it is “ they really think I do know everything. They also think I have had that feature all along and never had to use it until now. They even think their phones record conversations and text messages.
I ™ll keep them believing as long as possible.