Monday, January 29, 2007
OK, I know I'm going to get a lot of flack for this, but SOMETIMES I leave the kids in the car by themselves while I run short errands. I watch the news, and see horror stories about car jackings and abductions by pedophiles. Maybe, I'm lured into a false sense of security by the fact that we live in little ole C, Missouri...things like that don't happen here; or maybe I feel that my kids are 12, 10, and 7... they're old enough to follow the very detailed and descriptive instructions that I've drilled into them if such an emergency might occur (i.e. push the red OnStar button and lay on the horn to draw attention to yourself, etc.) but the fact is that I do let them stay in the car if I'm able to park directly in front of the store and am only going to be gone for 5-10 minutes.
Anyway, I stopped by the HyVee gas station to pick up my favorite fat-free (so they say) cappuccino with Reilly and Griff in the car. I had them lock up behind me, as always. I was gone 3 minutes max. When I returned to the car, Reilly was climbing back into the front seat (don't worry, the airbags automatically turn off). Me: What's up? Why were you in the backseat?
R: I saw someone suspicious.
G: Yeah, WE saw someone suspicious! (He seemed pretty excited by this)
Me: Well, what did this person look like?
R: It was a man. He had on all black and he had a hood on. (the unibomber?????)
G: Yeah, and he had his hands in his pockets.
Me: Why does putting your hands in your pockets make you look suspicious.
R: Because when people put their hands in their pockets it makes me think that they might be stealing something.
Me: Or maybe they might just be cold.
G: Oh, snap, I didn't think of that!
On the way to the doctor this afternoon...R had to get a Strep test (which was neg.)...I stopped by the convenience store to get my favorite beverage. I park in front of the store, and was gone 2 or 3 minutes. When I got back to the vehicle, Reilly AGAIN was climbing back into the front seat.
Me: You saw someone suspicious again, didn't you?
R: Yes, he had spikey hair & sunglasses. He looked creepy.
Me: You know, not all people with spikey hair and sunglasses are creepy. Sometimes people who look perfectly normal are creepy.
R: I know, he just scared me, though.
I think it's time to start dragging them in everywhere I go...at least the younger two!!!
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