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December 21, 2006

We are on the 7th night of Hanukkah. The hanukkiah doesn’t look quite so pitiful in the window.

Gotta tell you what just happened.

As we lit the candles and talked about G-d’s faithfulness to those who have chosen to return to Him and live lives that honor His commandments I had an idea!

My kids needed to see the light in the window from outside! Of course! It’s an object lesson!

So, I made them put on boots and hats over their pajamas, dragged my husband away from the laptop and as we all congregated on the sidewalk next to our house I called to the the last one out the door, “Make sure the door’s not locked!”

He promptly slammed it shut and proudly announced, “Door’s locked, Mom!”

Great.

So, it’s 20 degrees out and the front and back doors are locked.

Fortunately we all had a good sense of humor and after observing the beauty of the lights and talking about “true flames” versus “artificial light” (ie the gigantic ode to Santa next door) we walked around the house until we found a window that could be pushed up, the little guy was lifted up and shoved in and we walked merrily into our toasty home.

Making memories, everyone!

  • Pablo

    Ah, the joys of breaking into your own home!
    Good times, good times…

  • Pablo

    Ah, the joys of breaking into your own home!
    Good times, good times…

  • Erik

    KEYS! Never ever ever leave the house without your KEYS!

    Lessons going all around I see (o=

  • CrazyJo

    Yes, but if you hadn’t said “make sure the doors not locked”, would it have been locked? Hmmmm…..

    Seriously, it is the crazy little things like that you will be recalling in 20 years when you all are gathered in the livingroom after the grandkids have been put to bed. 🙂

  • CrazyJo

    Yes, but if you hadn’t said “make sure the doors not locked”, would it have been locked? Hmmmm…..

    Seriously, it is the crazy little things like that you will be recalling in 20 years when you all are gathered in the livingroom after the grandkids have been put to bed. 🙂

  • MikeT

    Stuff like that is why I always carry my keys with me when I leave my apartment. Were it my kid who did that, I’d have let the rest of my family back in and sat down on the front porch with a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, telling my kid “if you weren’t such a smart ass right now, you’d have one too!”

  • Arielle

    *chuckles* I don’t think her kid did it to be a smartass, MikeT. I think he just misheard his mother!

  • Serena

    I think that is hilarious! Very recently, Rick and I took off with our oldest son (13) in charge. We got over half the way to our destination and Rick remembered he had forgotton something he really needed so we turned around. We had been gone about 10 minutes or so when we got back home. Our children all came running to meet us as we drove in. Someone had locked the door when they were telling us goodbye and they couldn’t get back in. They went next door to the landlord and he didn’t have a key. Joelle was gone with the only key to the house. Rick ended up jimmying the door and we got it. In just a few days after that we got 4 more keys. I have one on my keychain now, Joelle does and we have 2 hidden outside. The trouble is, all our windows were locked so I’m just glad that Rick was able to pop the door open. It does not make me feel all that secure about the door anymore but when we are here, we can slip the inside bolt locked. More than anything, I’m so glad he forgot the necessary thing and we came right back. It was a cold day and the children weren’t even dressed to stay outside. Now that is G-d!

    Love and shalom,
    Serena