Helping someone break into their own house was not on our Saturday to-do list!
As we neared the end of the trail, and began the short walk back to our car, we saw a puzzling sight.
A man appeared to be entering a second floor window from a ladder. He was half in and half out. My husband immediately said, “Let’s offer to help!” I suggested to watch for a minute to assess the situation.
The man began yelling down to his wife who was attempting to hold the ladder steady down below. I say attempting because she wasn’t doing a very good job of it. He was lucky he didn’t end up in the bushes! My husband approached and offered his assistance. The wife explained that they were locked out of the house. He had been working on a car in the driveway and she had dashed out to tell him something, and somehow the door locked behind her. Neither had keys or a cellphone. All doors were locked and all windows closed, apart from the bedroom window he was attempting to climb through. The trouble was he couldn’t swing his leg over the sill and he said it was too far to drop into head first. The wife had already brought him a light shorter ladder and passed that up. He set that up just inside the window, but still couldn’t figure out how to use it to get in.
My husband, who has a bit of MacGyver in him, asked if he could look in the open garage to see if there was anything that might be useful. He came back with a 2×4, which he passed up to the man. “Brilliant idea!” the man shouted down to my husband. He pushed the plank in through the window onto one of the steps of the ladder inside, and rested the other end on the window sill. This gave the man something to hold on to and more stability. In he went, and in just a few minutes he appeared at the front door, keys in hand. He and his wife thanked us and off we went.
That was quite a hike!
Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.