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Today I went over to a friend’s house to return a stroller that I had borrowed. I hadn’t let my friend know I was coming, I’m sneaky like that.

I drove up to the house and her van was gone. I sit puzzled for a minute, she runs a daycare also and she’s usually home during the day. I grab my Little out of the car and we head up to her door. The door is sitting wide open. The screen door, the wooden door, all of it is open. No one is home.

As I back away from the door and put the Little back in the car seat, I debate my options. I use my phone to call the provider and there is no answer. So I type 911 into my phone and hesitantly get a little closer and call out hello.


It was at this point I got worried that someone had broken in and done harm to my friend and her children and then drove off in their van. I walked to the opening and yelled out hello again.


I whip out the tool that my husband swore I needed to keep in the vehicle at all times. You know, the one I swore I wouldn’t need and he was just being a worrier. Yeah, that one. I grab my glass breaker and I clutch it in my hand as I walk into the door. And I creep around slowly, that way I can shank anyone in the house who jumps out at me.

Once I determine that no one is home I start rapid fire calling my friend. She isn’t answering which led me to become even more paranoid because she always answers her phone. I run to the back and check to make sure both dogs are present since only one of them is barking. And there, under their towels, sit two cute dogs just waiting to play. I look around, no blood.

Well, a lack of blood pools is a bit reassuring.

I resolve to try my friend one more time before I call in the police and she miraculously answers. She says she must have forgotten to close the door on her way out of the house with five kids.

Seriously?!?!?! I almost died of fright because you forgot to close your door? How does one even forget that?!

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