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9-1-1 adventure

March 4, 2010 - Terri Castelaz
Tuesday evening, which started out to be like any typically week night, turned into being quit eventful and also a little embarrassing. I started supper with the help of my 15-month-old daughter, Tessa. Yes, she thinks she’s helping when she is taking out spatulas, wooden spoons, pans, or emptying out the dish towel drawer.

Dinner was in the oven and we moved to the living room for her to play with something more age appropriate. Then came the big mistake, leaving her in the living room by herself while I checked on dinner.

As I was shutting the oven door I could her the buttons on the telephone dialing so I raced in the other room and grabbed the phone from her hands. I quickly pressed off button, but it was too late the dialed number had gone through. Yes she did, she dialed 9-1-1. In a matter of a few seconds the phone was ringing and on the other end was the Dickinson County Sheriff Department saying they had received a 9-1-1 call from this number and asking what was the emergency. I apologized and told her there was definitely no emergency. Try explaining that your 15-month-old accidentally called.

Well of course it didn’t end there, they had to send a car out to the house to make sure it wasn’t a true emergency. As the officer questioned me I got the feeling he wasn’t really impressed about the whole situation and not sure he believe me it was Tessa who called. Believe me I wasn’t either. I apologized again for wasting their time. I would have liked to have told him it would never happen again, but we never say never with Tessa.

We always joked about her calling 9-1-1, but really what were the chance of her actually hitting the numbers and it going through.

Every day is an adventure with Tessa. She is always coming up with something new. I can’t wait to see what comes next.


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