For this week's installment of Follow This Sentence Friday, we were presented with the following:
"I did something stupid once ..."
I'm fairly certain it would be safe to say that I do something at least relatively stupid on a weekly basis, but when pondering this sentence, two things came immediately to mind.
1. When I was a baby, or at least younger than 4 because that's how old I was when we moved out of that house ... I managed to pirate my Mom's keys from out of her purse. Back in the day, we didn't have all the child safety gadgets - you know, things like seatbelts, bike helmets, cabinet latches, outlet covers...
Yup, I may be the reason outlet covers were first invented! At my height, looking at those two little slots and then at the keys, it seemed perfectly logical to stick the keys right in there.
I was thrown across the room, the electricity shorted out, the knees of my onesie were burnt out, and the keys fused to the floor. As the story goes, a certain someone was more concerned about the TV (Bozo was on at the time) going out than her baby sister learning to fly. By the way, that line across my forehead may or may not have been from the time I thought it would be fun to do somersaults down that staircase.
You would think I would have learned from that experience, but when I was 11 or 12, I was sitting up on the top of an open-up couch - not the kind that folds open from under the cushions, but the kind that opens more like a futon. Needless to say, it fell out from under me and opened, snapping a lamp cord out of an outlet and leaving one prong still in the wall. What did this genius do? Grab the prong to pull it out. NOT a good idea!
That apparently did the trick, because one afternoon at my college dorm, I walked into a friend's room to see her vibrating while hanging onto a desk lamp and her roommate attached to her, also vibrating. The girl I was with grabbed the roommate and was added to the current. They couldn't let go. I couldn't get to the plug because they were in the way, so I kicked (sorry Kelley) the first one away from the lamp. Thankfully we walked in when we did and I had learned my lesson and didn't also try to pull them away! That was very freaky to see, and I actually thought they were kidding around for a fraction of a second.
2. One summer when it was time to leave the beach house and head for home, I asked my parents if I could stay because I still had some time left before school started up. They let me, but I didn't have a car at that point. I went to go to work one day and couldn't find my keys anywhere! Since I was the only one there, I left the downstairs door unlocked and crossed my fingers that nobody would break in. This went on for a few days. I started checking in crazy places like the freezer, washing machine, etc., but still no keys! On the third or fourth day, it occurred to me that because I had been coming and going through the downstairs back door, I hadn't been checking the mail. I opened the front door to get to the mailbox and tah dah ... my keys were dangling from the doorknob, right where I had left them when schlepping in several bags of groceries a few days back!!! I'm very lucky that no burglars took me up on that open invitation. Maybe one stopped by and thought it was a trap LOL.
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Next week's sentence is: "One time when I was bored out of my mind, I ..."