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Attempted mugging

Thursday, January 31, 2013

My son, who is at uni in London, casually mentioned on skype yesterday that he'd been attacked whist walking home from lectures the day before. Close to his home, around 8pm, a man pushed him against a wall and demanded his wallet and phone. Son said no and the man punched him in the face. Son's response? He punched him back emoticon At this, the attacker ran off and son carried on home. He didn't phone the police because he didn't get a look at the man, other than he was dressed entirely in black wearing a hoodie with a scarf tied over his face.
I told him what he should have done - ie handed over his stuff and contacted the police. Then I spent the rest of the evening worrying about what might have happened - what if the attacker had pulled a knife on him? What if he'd come back with a gang of his mates? My maternal instinct was/is to phone him up and tell him to come home immediately, where it's safe. My common sense tells me this is a bit of an over reaction emoticon
I'm wondering how long it will be before I feel happy for him to be living there again....
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RUNGRL2013 2/7/2013 2:28PM

    Your son impresses me with fighting back. Terrifying though! emoticon But you must have raised him well for his instinctive reaction to be standing up for himself!! Sending you a comforting hug emoticon

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LIS193 2/4/2013 1:36PM

    Good for you son for standing up to a bully and glad that he is ok.
I worry about my DD cycling home for 30 mins in Cambridge after a late shift but she is not worried at all (kids!)

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/31/2013 5:05PM

    Oh my! You're right, it could have gone badly. But I'm also impressed at him standing up to the mugger.

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POOKASLUAGH 1/31/2013 4:57PM

    Yikes, that's terrifying!!!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 1/31/2013 2:45PM

    That's horrible that he got mugged, no parent can help worrying about the what if's. Sounds like he got lucky the guy didn't have a weapon or anything. But he definitley should of called the police. I'm sure he'll be fine over there, no matter where you live in this world there will be good and bad people. You just got to do what's right for you. *HUGS*

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ALIHIKES 1/31/2013 12:52PM

    So glad your son is okay. Yes it is scary! And you are right to worry. He is independent and building his life; and seems to be dealing with challenges very well!

And thank you SO MUCH for your kind comments on my blog, and the spark goody. I appreciate your sympathy and support!

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JACKIE542 1/31/2013 10:33AM

    I do know how you feel. So happy everything turned out well. Take care of yourself! emoticon

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WILSONWR 1/31/2013 9:37AM

    Sometimes you just react. Several years ago, on a business trip to Washington D.C., I was walking in the "mall" (the big grassy area between all of the monuments), and I observed a man pulling some money out of another man's pocket (the other man was sleeping on a bench). I told the man to give the money back. He said he didn't take anything. I reached into his pocket to get the money he had taken, when suddenly he said, "I've got a gun." At this point, I put my arms around him and held him as tightly as I could. While holding him, I somehow searched him for weapons and found nothing. I pulled the money he had taken out of his pocket and the man ran off. After returning the money to its rightful owner, I was walking away and started visibly shaking. What had I just done? How close had I come from being seriously injured? To this day, I don't know what I would do if confronted with the situation again. I'd like to intervene, but the world is pretty dangerous also. I know I couldn't just ignore it though. Sometimes you just act.

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SILENTDAISY 1/31/2013 8:47AM

    You're a mother, you'll always worry.

It's not easy to think on, but the situation could have gone numerous ways. Thinking on what could have been will only make you feel worse. Your son did what he thought was best. Honestly, I probably would have done the same thing and then some, but my mother would probably smack the crap out of me afterwards.

It really sounds like your son is a firecracker. And I mean that in a good way. I'm really glad that he's safe. That's what matters. But it would never hurt to give him a quick visit. Sometimes giving him a hug and telling him you love him will help more than saying it over the phone/skype. It's really your mind that needs to be eased, and I think having a nice sit down meal with him would help with that. I just don't know how big of an expense it would be to do that though.

Anyways, many hugs. emoticon

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TOMWAMP 1/31/2013 8:39AM

    God was surely watching over him. Happy he is safe and unharmed.

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LOLABLACK69 1/31/2013 8:06AM

    what an awful thing to happen... hope you're all doing well now!

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BLUENOSE63 1/31/2013 7:15AM

  OH my gosh, that is scary....no matter how old the kids get, the Mom in us always takes over! Glad to know that he is just fine....you obviously raised him well as he handled it well.

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