It was the hardest 17 hours, I think I ever endured...
Waylon, aka Wam, my youngest son, was on the road with a magazine selling crew. When he went on the road, he was promised just the Security job. He'd quit his job, a good job, he'd had in Iowa with the promise of good pay, out on the road. It was mostly a lie and Wam would pay dearly for it. It ended badly as the boss began losing his crew, money and pushed Wam out to sell mags. That was not the deal and the day after Thanksgiving, Wam's boss gave him the ultimatum to sell or go to hell. That boss had been lying to him, withholding money and this is why he was losing his entire crew. He knew that Wam had the power to jump to another crew and take the guys he had left. He almost did that but by the grace of God, I managed to make him think of another alternative.
Wam just had a new baby, in Iowa. Austen Cody, pictured here, is just 8 weeks old. He looks just like his Daddy, there's really no denying him and he's as precious as can be. Throughout, I'd began talking to Gwen, the baby's mother, in Iowa. A personable young lady, I found myself becoming close to her, really liking her. She loves my son, her family loves my son and they treat him like gold. Anybody that loves my son like this, is gold, in my eyes and God knows, I appreciate good people, especially in bad times.
I've been fighting an addiction to Opiates. After my surgery last February, I was on constant pain pills. I quickly built up a tolerance to the damn things. It took more and more to get rid of my pain. I also had little self-control and would take the pills, all day long. The problem lies in the fact that if you are given a certain amount, you are allowed, each day and it takes more of the pills than prescribed, for you to get relief, you will come up short. I was living for today but each and every time, I came up short, no pills, I would go through withdrawal. It's a nasty process. It makes me crazy, just the prospect of having to go through those flu like symptoms, intensified flu-like symptoms. I mean, if I told you that tomorrow, you will be exposed to the worst flu, you've every had, chock full of sickness and feeling as if you can't breathe, your heart is racing, no escape, you just might have some real anxiety, knowing it's coming. It made me crazy and I made some real bad choices, real bad. No money, no pills, no relief, no escape. I was real sick and trying to deal. Then the stuff with Wam, really began to unravel.
They told Waylon, he'd have to leave his Hotel by 9pm the next night. He did manage to get a little of his back pay, enough to rent a U-Haul with a $100 deposit and he'd received a little bit of money from his ex, also the mother of his child, Aries, Waylon's 3rd daughter, a beautiful little girl. It was just enough to get the truck, all of it combined. Now, what to do, with only a a 3/4 of a tank of gas and 1800 miles to drive.
Yes, Gwen loves Wam and I do believe she'd move the Sun to help him, if she could. But her hands were tied, as well, having been off work because of maternity leave. We were in a real pickle(and I can't believe I just wrote that I was in a pickle, I'm slowly turning into my Grandfather. Not a bad thing, he was a real good man).
My all time best friend, a woman I met, pregnant, so pregnant, she was due in a month, came to my assistance one time, when I was, gun in hand, surrounded by a mob of black people, ready to shoot to kill. She watched, as more and more, of these angry blacks, came outa the woodwork. It didn't stop her from walking down, as I stood there, ready to defend myself and she asked me if I needed help? I stated that I'd sure appreciate it, if she'd call the Police, which she surely did. They'd already received a call about a crazy white woman with a gun and we were quickly surrounded by about 8 squad cars. It took a lot of explaining and they almost charged me with brandishing a weapon but after they'd heard my story and quelled the mini riot that was about to happen, all calmed and they left, without charging me. I went up and thanked this spunky bitch, who ended up being the one woman in this world, I respected the most and knew if I ever needed someone to ride shotgun with me, she was the one. She had heart, the kinda heart, that's rare and only some understand. Coincidence...nope, it was an act of God that my son was less than 40 miles from this best friend of mine. Wam was in Mesa, Az. and Rene' lived in Coolidge. I called her, as a last resort and implored her, if she could help Wam? He went there that night, she topped off his tank, with her gas card and gave him a $100 the very next morning. She had to go to Douglass, the next morn, in the direction Wam needed to go and Wam followed her out and before she left him, she topped the tank off again. All she had was the $100 but she gave it to my son. Now, that is a friend, like no other. I've got big love for Rene' and will always have respect and be honored that she is my friend. I'll pray that she is blessed, as she has blessed others, with her unconditional love and friendship. They just don't make 'em like Rene'.
It was a start but Wam was not going to get too far, in a 10ft. U-Haul, on $100 and it was a 24 hour trip. I was pulling my hair out. Things have not been too great with my family, when it came to Waylon. They feel he's been very irresponsible, needs to get a vasectomy and yes, they'd helped him, when he was stuck in Georgia, under similar circumstances but was having seizures. He could go to Iowa, if he could get there, thus I had asked for their help. They begrudgingly gave it, thus I did not want to ask them again. It was back then, that Wam went to Iowa, got that good job and began to see Gwen. They weren't really too serious but they did sleep together. Of course, that's all it takes, one time for Wam to breathe on them and they will get pregnant.
Wam became like a candle burning at both ends, at that job. He stayed a year, until his apartment lease was up. His boss played some head games with him and would show his ass in front of customers. Wam was ready to beat his ass. He'd worked 6 days a week, sometimes 7 and 12 hour days. He was about to blow when his ex offered him to go on the road, help with his baby and do security and drive for the Magazine Company. It seemed like the right thing to do and he walked out on his job. His boss, even though he was an asshole at times, was so concerned, he'd put a Missing Persons report out, it was on the front page of the paper. His boss was devastated, knowing Wam never called off, never not showing up, he just knew something was wrong. Some time later, he'd found out that Wam had simply walked away from it all and that made him pretty pissed off and angry. Rightfully so.
So, Wam drove till he was on empty, pulled into a gas station and called me. In the interim, I'd talked to Gwen and she was just convinced that her Dad, who really liked Waylon, would help her with some money, they would wire to Wam. No such luck as her Dad was MIA and not answering his cell phone. We've yet to figure out why but we do know that one of Gwen's friends, hearing that he'd not been answering his phone, when we were in dire straights, was calling her father and cussing him out on his messages. We' really want to thank this dumb ass friend for all her help. you frigin retard. What to do?
I 3-wayed the call to Waylon's brother, Lee and begged for help. Lee, who is not working right now, gets SSI and is on a limited budget. He had one credit card left with just $160 on it. He allowed Wam to get gas, the first time, he filled the tank, costing $90. It only lasted about 3 hours and he was then in Ft. Morgan, Colorado, the next time he called his brother, at 2:30am. He was only able to help him with $60 more dollars. That wasn't going to get him very far. But the plan was that if he could get close enough to Iowa, Gwen and her Uncle would drive and get Wam, his belongings and Wam would have to ride his motorcycle, in the cold, in a snowsuit, the rest of the way to Iowa. At 2:30am, his last call to us, we thought he'd said that he had 17 minutes left on his phone card. His cell phone was turned off from lack of payment and his last boss refused to help him get it back on, for some really covert reasons. I hope that asshole, Chris Love from Love Technologies, gets a quick visit from my good friend, Mz.Karma, that's all I can say.
So, Wam left Ft.Morgan and I knew he wasn't gonna get far. Lee stayed up all night waiting for his call or something. I barely slept and we never heard from Wam again. I began to panic. I couldn't breathe around the 10th hour. So much could go wrong. My imagination really messed with me. I implored God to not test me with my son, I just couldn't take it. I prayed like I've never prayed. As the hours wore on, I began to beg and plead, imploring God to get him through this. I was a mess and began to call State Patrol and the police in every county he would go through from Colorado to Nebraska. I looked at the maps, I envisioned where he'd be. I made myself sick with worry.
Around the 17th hour, I found myself rocking, sitting on my bed, a basketcase, talking to God, out loud begging for my baby's safe passage, when the phone rang.
It was Gwen and Waylon was at her Grandma's, exhausted, hungry but alive and in one piece. I began to cry and thank God, over and over. I do pray God will forgive Waylon but he had got gas a couple times and drove off. It's surely not right but he couldn't call us as his phone card said it was expired. This was one of the absolute worst days of my life and then one of the most grateful, ever!
The silver lining came the very next day. Waylon, swallowed his pride and walked into his old job. It couldn't have been better timing as his boss and his bosses wife were the only ones pulling these 18 hour shifts. His last employee had walked out on him about 3 weeks before. They needed Wam and Wam needed them. He got his job back, same pay and unfortunately, same hours. But Wam is glad and more than willing to work those hours, grateful to have it all back.
Gwen starts back at her Union job and will have to put Austen in daycare but I think their futures so bright, they gotta wear shades. I love good endings...