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Mom Fail Friday: The One Where I Was Scared of the Boogie Man

Our house is on the market and has been for a long time. Showings are nothing new to my brood. They have their designated jobs like making beds, straightening up their closets and taking laundry to the basement. Heck, they’ve even mastered the art of hiding dirty laundry in the dryer and dirty dishes in the oven. We’ve got the art of the quick clean-up down to a science.

After we make our mad dash to get our house in perfect showing condition, we hop in the car, drive down a few blocks and stalk the potential buyers.

About a week ago, we got the magical call for a showing, cleaned up and headed to our usual stalking spot. After awhile I got a hankering for a frosty frappe and off the the coffee shop drive through we drove. By the time we had made it through the line, the allotted time for the showing had ended and we went home, figuring the people must have come while mama was getting her caffeine fix.

We’d been in the house for a few minutes when I heard someone coming up our basement steps.

“Oh crud, they’re still here!” I thought, thinking the realtor and potential buyers were still perusing the lower level. But then no one came up.

“Hello?” No one answered.

Then I got a little freaked out. Someone was in our house! I told the boys “Go outside, now!” while I grabbed the baby and we all ran to the porch barefoot.

“Why, Mama?”

“Because I heard something in the basement, and I’m scared.”

Great. Now what? Well, ask our friendly mailman to investigate, of course!

No one was there. I have no clue what it was that I heard. But I do know that I have successfully scared the crud out of my kids.

Moms are supposed to convince their children that the Boogie Man does not exist. But this mom? Well, I did just the opposite.

So much for them ever putting taking the laundry downstairs ever again!

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  1. Allison says:

    Oh my goodness! I was reading this the way I used to read a Nancy Drew . . . very slowly, one word at a time because I was SURE someone was going to jump out of the basement!!!! That’s alright. Next time you have an opportunity to save the kids from a spider, you’ll put on that SuperMom cape and all will be forgiven.

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