Monday, September 15, 2008
from the mouths of babes, or ONE of these things is not like the other...
Kath & Xander stopped by to see me on my birthday, but I wasn't home, so I missed them. My front door has two windows that look into the front hall. As Katharine stood outside, ringing the bell, Xander said, "Hey Mom, you can stop ringing the bell, Judi's not here!"
"Xander, you don't know that!" Kath said. "Judi parks in the garage, so just because her car's not out front doesn't mean she's not here!"
"Mom, I KNOW she's not here!" Xander said, smiling slyly.
"OK, how do you KNOW she's not here," Kath said.
Beaming, Xander exclaimed, "'Cause her keys & phone aren't on the table!"
He was absolutely right. When I come home, Virgo that I am, I place my keys & cellphone in a dish on the front hall table. I got a kick out of that story when Kath told me, and I thought how smart and observant Xander is. Then this morning, as I was getting ready to leave for work and grabbed my phone and keys off that table, I thought of something else. If Xander can look through my front door and make that observation, so can anyone. And that gave me pause. Call me paranoid, but from now on, I'm leaving an old cellphone and a set of keys on that tray all the time, so that anyone looking through the windows of my front door won't know if I'm home or not. Guess I'm getting old after all.