Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Honk, Honk, Honk!

Honk, honk, honk! The noise of a blaring horn outside the house caused me to sit up in bed and try to collect my bearings.

Apparently it had jolted LV out of his sleep as well because he was frantically trying to get his clothes. He sensed that I was awake and said, "Please hold the alarm clock for me, so I can see."

I got the alarm clock and held the snooze button which makes plenty of light to see what time it is, but surprisingly little when you need to see what you're doing.

Honk, honk, honk! The horn kept on blaring.

"Who is here?" I asked.

"Nobody," LV answered pawing even more frantically at his clothes. I happened to step on the truck keys in my pant pockets when I got up and now I can't find them.

I pressed the snooze button again and set the alarm clock on the floor and reached to help him find his keys quickly before the feeble little light goes out. LV moved a little and the alarm clock went flying across the room, leaving us in total darkness.

The fan was going but reaching up to find the little chain to turn on the light can be extremely challenging when it's pitch dark. Instead LV groped his way across the room and located the one flashlight we have in case of power outages and finally had enough light to find his keys.

He got the dreadful honking stopped, and I collapsed back into bed in gales of laughter. He wasn't quite ready to see the humor in all of it. "Just think, the entire neighborhood was wondering what was going on, and all the traffic that passed could see the lights blinking in the garage."

Somehow in my sleep addled state I found this to make the whole thing even funnier.

We went back to sleep and  when morning arrived LV was ready to laugh about it too.


  1. I just read this to my Hubby and he said, "Been there, done that!" A the time it's not funny, but afterwards...lots of laughter.

  2. This post gave me a good giggle! :)

  3. I guess that's what might be considered as a "rude awakening" :)

  4. HA! I can see it all happening, clear as day.

  5. Once, I was trying to get some work done when I heard the alarm blaring on my car outside. I ran to the window and looked - surprise! No one was trying to break into my 10-year-old Ford Taurus station wagon. I looked around and spotted ... my 2-year-old son, who was laughing like this was the funniest thing he had ever heard.

    Clisby: Joseph - did YOU do that?

    Joseph: Nods vigorously and holds up my key chain, including the little button thing you can use to set off the car alarm. Laughs some more.

    Clisby: Give. It. To. Me.

  6. I have been gone SOOOO long with health issues that I had NO IDEA you were writing books!!!! I'm SOOO excited for you and for the people who will read your dear stories. I hope to be one of them. So good to "see" you!

  7. This reminds me that I read a suggestion which I thought was a good one. Keep your keys on your nightstand. If you think someone has broken into your house, hit the panic button on the keys and the honking of the car horn should scare them away! I thought that was quite clever, and I think you'll agree it would get the attention of any burgler.

  8. I did that at about 5:30a.m. a coupla weeks ago. I'm sure my neighbors didn't appreciate it, but considering the husband's habit of shooting at squirrels with a shotgun at 7:00am on a SUNDAY---well, I didn't feel too bad.


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