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Amanda Lamb: Interception

Posted February 3, 2013
Updated February 4, 2013

I don’t know much about football, but I do know a good interception when I make one.

Saturday, I was sitting with my running group at a local coffee place when my phone started to vibrate to indicate that I had a text. I clicked on it, and there was a text from my daughter’s friend, presumably meant for her.

It wasn’t the first time I had intercepted such a text. But this one was more intriguing. It said: “I heard who ______ likes!” (The name has been deleted to protect the innocent.)

I decided to have a little fun with it. “Really? Who?”

Apparently, that wasn’t the right answer. She was onto me immediately. I guess I should have responded with: “Idk.” (That’s “I don’t know” for newbies.) Amanda Lamb's texts with her daughter's friend

“Who is this?” She fired back clearly recognizing my attempt at a covert text.

There was a moment when I thought, what’s the harm if I just pretend for a few more texts to be my daughter? But then, the good Amanda took over and kicked bad Amanda to the curb. I came clean.

“Oh hey Mrs. Amanda,” she replied, apparently undaunted by the revelation.

I decided to go for it after all. “Hey there! You’re up early. So who does ______ like?”

And guess what? She told me. Sorry, I can’t share. It’s our secret …

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including three on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.

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  • lec02572 Feb 4, 2013

    Amanda, that is very good. My wife and I raised our three children and always were friendly with their friends and you would be amazed the return we got. You always want to know who your children hangs with and it never failed that they would always come up to us at school events and in public and talk with my wife and I. They would come to us for advice at times, which made us feel good knowing they trusted or respected us enough to talk with us in confidence. We always loved their friends and they always chose wisely. Good luck with your children's friends.