If you have known me for any significant period of time, you will know that I have issues with locking myself out of my house. I can not count the amount of times that I have locked myself out of my house. I changed my locks about a year ago and keep my house key on a separate key ring than my car keys. The problem with that is that I constantly forget them and leave them inside my house. How do I do that you ask….
Well, my automatic garage door has been broken for some time now and I often leave my house via my garage and lock the garage door from the outside before I realize that I left the house key on the kitchen counter.
To add to this increasingly dumb problem, I am vigilant about keeping the rest of my house locked. Being here by myself makes me nervous and I double check my locks all of the time. It is a good and a bad thing. 🙂
Well, this last summer, I sent the older two kiddos off with their dad and spent the afternoon with Toad. We went to lunch and went grocery shopping. Toad loves to go grocery shopping with me because he gets to place everything up on the automated belt and he can choose the ice cream flavor that we pick.
Well, to get to the point of the story, we came home from a great afternoon to a completely locked house and ice cream melting in the back of the car. I had once again left through the garage and left my keys on the kitchen counter absentmindedly.
I swiftly changed gears and shifted into my Charlie’s Angels mode. I ran to the side of the house, I checked the side door. Dang! Locked. During the summer, I would occasionally forget to lock it, but never worried because I locked the door to the house. The back sliding door was also locked. I wandered around the house aimlessly for about 10 minutes checking every single window and door. No luck.
As I came back to the car, I looked at our front windows and though, huh. I went up to one and it was unlocked. I have no idea who had unlocked it, but there it was, unlatched. So, I MacGuyvered the screen out, hoisted my hiney inside and stood there with with a great superwoman look on my face.
So, what I have learned from this. I now have a set of keys permanently attached to the inside of my purse. I double check EVERY SINGLE WINDOW every single night.
Finally, it confirmed… I can’t wait to move.