Friday, March 16, 2012

SOLS #16: In the Night

"Just start getting it down," Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird.  Well, here we are past the halfway point.  The hardest thing about this challenge is putting something out into the world every day.  This needs A LOT of work...but I just thought I'd start getting it down.  

My alarm went off at six o'clock this morning.  Slowly I put two feet on the floor still tired from reading Slice of Life posts well into the night.  I walk into the foyer with eyes half open.  I first notice a laundry holder resting by the dryer.  "That's strange," I think to myself.  I try to wake up to make sense of the clues.

I open the dryer to find my son's clothes inside.  Still half asleep and trying to focus I think back.  I had let the dog in for the night, turned off the lights, and locked up the house before going to sleep.  I was up until after midnight and didn't hear him come into the house, but signs are everywhere.

Still trying to put it all together I wander into the living to find my son's shoes and belongings on the floor.  As I wake up it is beginning to make sense; surprised I didn't hear him I check for the final sign.  I walk across the kitchen floor and into the dining room.
As I walk into the dining room I glance at the table to find the snack basket is no longer heaping with snacks.  The Doritos are gone.  The Sunchips are gone.  The Cheetos are gone.  I'm sure he was amazed to find I had actually been to the store recently.  The last few times he has visited there has hardly been a thing to eat according to him.


The signs are all there, sometime in the night my son must have quietly arrived home for the weekend from college.  I'm looking forward to coming home this evening to catch up with him.  I'm sure the Fritos will be gone by then.




13 comments:

  1. What a wonderful surprise, and how thoughtful of him to arrive so quietly. It's not easy to eat Doritos quietly, right? I loved the way you led us through this detective work, building intrigue as we walked through the house. I hope your family has a wonderful weekend together.

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  2. This made me giggle...my son has the same complaint about there never being any food. And, he leaves a trail of evidence as well.

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  3. Love that he came home without you knowing. The clues are great. I have to tell you, though, that many of those same clues happen with girls as well. They are amazed at what they eat when they're home for a visit.

    Enjoy your time with him this weekend!

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  4. See Cathy? Just write. What a perfect little slice to remember the trails of your son arriving home. A moment that would easily be forgotten if not captured in writing. I'm glad you chose to write!

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  5. Cathy, what a fun way to write a slice of your life. I feel like I'm solving the mystry along with you. Young adults and their behaviors are so different from our own. Were we like this when we were in college? Did we leave clues for our parents to solve? I bet we did, we just didn't realize it. Enjoy your family time this weekend! They go by way too fast.

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  6. The photos add to the intrigue as your sleep deprived brain is trying to make sense of the world around you. Excellent post!

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  7. Love how you described the different clues you noticed that you son was home. The pictures are great as well. I hope you have a good time with your son this weekend!

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  8. What a cool little mystery - and with such a happy ending! Enjoy your time with your son. I love the picture clues you posted, too!

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  9. The tell tale signs - growing sons leave more "sign" than bears!

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  10. I love the mystery of this post, your half awake brain putting together the clues. Awesome.

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  11. I love this! Knowing they are there just by the 'clues.' Great slice - have fun!

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  12. So funny! Well written!! (and I love the photo documentation)

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