Well, not only did I find out that difficult child was getting kicked out of school today, but on Sunday, easy child told me that the son of one of our best friends was arrested for drinking on campus. This is his first yr. He was kind of set up ... apparently, there's some kind of program where students get paid to turn in other students, and the same student who told him about a party was the one who turned him in. This kid's dad is a defense atty so I know they'll get off with-a slap on the wrist. But the dad is a control freak, and frankly, I think one of the reasons that this kid did this is because he has had no chance to fall on his face b4. He's got helicopter parents. easy child talked the kid out of beating up the kid who turned him in (good move!) and they both became fairly philosophical when they considered there was no car involved, no physical injuries, no one got a disease and no one got pregnant. Tonight, husband told me that one of easy child's friends from another campus, who is on total academic scholarship and just brilliant (spent the summer in England studying Shakespeare), was hiking on Cold Mtn in NC this past weekend and got separated and a search and rescue team was sent after her. She spent the night alone, in freezing temps, with-no warm clothes and of course, the cell ph didn't work in the mtns, and she is totally traumatized, believing she was going to die. Makes me want to put my kids back in camp and teach them how to make fires, use compasses, and hug a tree. easy child is driving home Sat. to be with-her mntn friend. I'm curious if the "busted" friend will come home with-her. I doubt it. When he called his dad to tell him what had happened, his dad hung up on him. Life's a mess sometimes.