Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Christmas Visit

I hope everyone survived the holiday season with sanity intact. I'm always happy when life returns to normal and I can walk in a store without being forced to listen to "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". I rant about this subject in a previous post, so I won't recycle it here. I spent Christmas at my parents' house, and something really cool happened that I just have to share. In the afternoon it started snowing, which doesn't happen often in Texas. Their house has an enclosed patio, and I was there watching it snow when a movement caught my eye. Before my wondering eyes, the door into the living room suddenly began to swing slowly shut. As I watched, it pulled itself quietly but firmly closed. I assumed it must have been my dad, who complains about the cold whenever this door is opened. So I opened the aforementioned door and stuck my head in to find my dad dozing soundly in front of the TV. My mom came in from outside, where she’d been taking pictures of the snow, and I told her about it. She looked at me like I’d had too much eggnog and said “It’s because the kitchen window is open.” But the kitchen window wasn’t open, nor were any other windows. About half an hour later, all three of us were sitting in the living room when we heard the front door open, then gently close. It didn't slam, just opened and closed like it always does when someone goes out or comes in. I went to have a look. The door in question is a storm door, kind of like a screen door except it's all glass. You have to turn a little lever to open it. The door was firmly shut, with the latch in place, and I looked around but there was no one there. It seemed like a good time to press the iPhone into service as a voice recorder, but our visitor had evidently departed. Nothing like this, as far as I know, has ever happened at my parents' house. Neither parent was particularly impressed. My only theory as to who it might have been is my aunt, who recently passed away. She and my mom were very close, so maybe she was paying us a little Christmas visit. I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2013! Cheers!