11:34 am - the phone rings at home. I let the machine pick up and I hear "Mom, Mom, pick up the phone right away" hello? "Mom, we're on lock down." click. that's all. Now how in the heck am I supposed to get my heartbeat back to a normal rhythm. geez.
11:49 am - H texts that there's a man with a gun. I feel sick to my stomach
11:50 am - I call my sister. We decide not to call our mother, who is a block away and can hear the helicopters as well.
Noon - I call my neighbor who always is listening to the police scanner, he confirms that there is someone with a gun.
12:10 pm - H texts "can you hear the sirens?" I can, we are only 3 blocks from the high school. I can also hear several helicopters overhead.
12:11 pm - I get a breaking news email from ch. 7 telling me about the situation at the high school. I realize that I have switched into the calming breathing exercises I learned in a lamaze class 16 1/2 years ago.
12:35 pm - I get a call from H telling me that they have the person.
This was one of the worst hours of my life. I know how lucky I am that I was only scared for a while and that nothing worse happened. I am very grateful.
postscript: 2:30 pm, I leave a message for my mother to tell her about the whole gun incident and how we decided to not tell her about it as it was happening.
6:05 pm - still waiting to find out if I'm grounded.