Knock at night

dark front door at nightLast night I had a dream that I was at home, lying in bed, and everyone else was asleep, and it was completely dark.  Just as I was about to fall asleep, there was a loud, sharp, banging knock on the front door. [BANG, BANG, BANG].  It so startled me that it woke me up in reality.  And I woke up to a dark house, with everyone else asleep, very, very much like the dream setting I had just woken up from.  It seemed so real that I was not completely sure whether I had actually heard the banging or not.  I don’t know if I ever even opened my eyes.  I was still really tired.

But my heart was pumping and my adrenaline was rushing, even though I was still really out of it.  I was taking a mental inventory of potential weapons I could use in a pinch.  I don’t have a gun.  Bedside lamp?  Alarm clock?  In my sleepy stupor, I even contemplated pulling out a dresser drawer and hurling it down the stairs as necessary.

In the end, I decided I was so tired that I wouldn’t do anything.  I would have rather died than get out of bed.

So would-be burglars beware.  Come to my house late at night, I don’t have a gun, but I may throw an empty drawer at you.  Or you may just see a sleepy guy in his underwear too tired and confused to even formulate a very convincing yell.  If I’m tired enough, you may not see me at all.  I actually don’t have anything worth stealing, but if you insist on coming, please just skip the knock and come on in.  I will leave you alone.  I only ask that you lock up on your way out; there are some crazy people out there.


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