Last weekend, I (F/16) went on a weekend trip with my best friend (F/16) and her family to their lake house. It was sort of a goodbye school, hello summer kind of thing. Anyway, their lake house is this cool looking cabin in this little, middle-of-nowhere type town. I'd never been, so of course I said yes when they invited me.
We arrived on Saturday around noon. We spent the first hour getting settled in. Then, my friend and I went to explore the woods behind the cabin along with her little brother. Sometime after we got back, her brother found a pair of toy handcuffs in his room that he'd accidentally left behind the last time they'd visited. They were a gift from his uncle, he told me. My friend and I took them and we decided to cuff ourselves together (my right wrist to her left) as kind of a joke. It was only after we'd put them on though that we realized we didn't know where the keys were.
We searched for an hour without finding them. Finally, her brother remembered that they were back home in the city, four hours away. These were just toy cuffs, but they were made out of metal and they couldn't be removed without the key. Like I said before, we were in a small town, so there wasn't a locksmith we could call. And since they weren't police cuffs, there wasn't any point in calling the cops and asking them for a key. We tried to pick the locks, but couldn't manage it. Finally, we were left with just two options. We could either cut them off or stay handcuffed together for the rest of the weekend.
Neither of us wanted to destroy her brother's cuffs, since they were a gift and since it was our own fault we hadn't looked for the keys before putting them on. Besides, we thought it might be kinda fun to try and spend an entire weekend stuck together. So, we decided to own this boneheaded move of ours and told her parents we wanted to stay stuck to each other until we got back to the city. They got a good laugh out of that, but agreed to let us do it.
Well, we continued on with enjoying the weekend and didn't let the fact that we were stuck together stand in the way of us having fun. That night we had a blast building a fire outside and making s'mores and telling scary stories. The next day we did some fishing and hiked in the woods some more. We even went into town for ice cream. The guy behind the counter gave us a weird stare, but oh well lol!
We returned on Monday, just before noon. We found the keys in her brother's room and finally got uncuffed. That might've been the end of the whole thing but I then made the mistake of telling my mom what happened and she just went ballistic. She said it was incredibly irresponsible of my friend's parents to leave us like that and one of us could've been hurt. She said I'm no longer allowed to go away on trips with them!
I've tried to see this from her point of view, but I just can't. Seriously, how were we in any danger? Her parents were with us the entire time. And it's not like it was likely one of us was gonna trip and yank the other person's arm out of the socket or something! The only real trouble we had was with the bathroom situation, but we managed to work something out. One of us would stand in the shower and close the curtain while the other went. We also turned on the faucet to drown out the sound.
I really don't want to be banned from future trips with my friend. Do you think my mom is overreacting and if so, any ideas as to what I can say to get her to see that? I appreciate any advice anyone may have for me.