Here is an entry for The Naughty Files, just for old times’ sake.
Today I was heading down to our basement to work in my quilting room while the older boys were in school and Jace was napping. I was snacking on a string cheese stick and at the bottom of the stairs I tossed its wrapper into a small trash can. It was then I noticed the frightening contents of said trash can:
That is what it looks like: copious amounts of broken glass.
No one had informed me of any broken glass and I had to find out why not. Josh was home from work so I asked him if he knew about it. He said no, but he had noticed a picture frame that was off its wall hook in the basement.
Upon further investigation, I found that two pictures had been taken off the wall. One frame had its glass removed – and was intact – on the table next to where the pictures previously hung. The other frame was on the floor and had no glass, save for tiny particles sparkling under the artificial basement light.
Instead of a bare wall where the pictures used to be, I found this, one very important clue:
If you’re having a hard time making out the writing, it reads “Do not open until 2015”. A time capsule of sorts? Oh, now would be a good time to mention that we’ve recently introduced the kids to Back to the Future. I’ll assume that you remember the part in the movie when Marty writes a letter to Doc Brown warning him that he’s going to be shot by terrorists in the mall parking lot. On the envelope containing the letter he writes “Do not open until 1985”. Yeah. I’m guessing that was the motivation behind this little project.
A few problems: I believe they meant for this to be secret. I believe they were trying to hide the note in a picture frame and when they couldn’t get one frame back together they tried the other one. When that one broke, I think they became distracted, quietly picked up the glass and forgot about their big, secret note. Another problem was the envelope was precariously hanging from the wall with tape holding one edge. AND the bottom of the envelope was completely open. I’m thinking this wouldn’t have lasted on the wall for a week, much less 3 years. Here’s a view from the floor looking up:
The big, secret, important note!!
What – oh what! – could it possibly say?!?
Oh wait, what is this? Jude and Jett’s name with (what I’m told is) a trophy! Huzzah!
Maybe this will all make sense in 2015.
Thankfully no one was hurt, although Josh remembered seeing a little cut on Jett’s finger a few days ago and wonders if it was from this incident. How Jett summoned enough courage to go on without making a big deal out of getting a Band-Aid is beyond me, perhaps the task at hand was far too great to worry about his personal safety. Anyway, the frames have been removed and extra vacuuming has been done to make sure they are safe, so crisis averted…
for today, at least.