Wednesday dawned with a slightly warmer glow — it was all of 40º when I hauled out of bed. Hooray! But when I saw the young woman, our neighbor to the North, outside in her bare feet letting their St. Bernard out for a walk I shivered.
20 minutes or so later, when I saw her still outside messing with one of the windows I got suspicious.
But another 10 minutes later when she was still outside and her cheeks looking mighty pink I slide open the window and inquired whether everything was all right. In point of fact things were not all right. She’d locker herself and her dog out in the cold.
What to do. A young couple — barely into their new life together and in their early 20’s. She doesn’t work and stays home all day. He’s an apprentice electrician working job sites in the Milwaukee are. They hardly have two nickels to rub together and this morning he took off to work with the keys to the car and the travel trailer in his pickup.
It didn’t take long to invite her inside, give her something to put on her feet and a sweatshirt to keep her warm. We lent her our phone to call the boyfriend — but no answer (later we discovered he left his phone in his pickup and took off for the day of work in the company truck). Eventually we settled on a plan to drive 8 miles up to the boyfriend’s work where we would collect the missing keys and open the door.
Except, it seems, the boyfriend didn’t take the keys with him — as we learned after driving another 10 miles to the day’s job site. So, back to the RV park to try some less simple ways of getting in. After knocking on a few doors we found a home schooled 15 year old who was small enough to squeeze through a cargo bay, unbolt a piece of plywood, and squeeze through into the bedroom of the RV to unlock the door from the inside. Whew! I can feel my sides scraping on the wood just talking about it. Oh for the days when I was that size again.
At long last she got inside her RV. We went back to our lives, thankful for the life-lessons that have taught us to be careful about keys and have kept us from locking ourselves out in the cold for a long time. But never take things for granted. I think we’ll check for keys all the more carefully from now on.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.