A few nights ago, my sons and I were home while my husband was on a trip. I was just getting ready to put my kids in bed when the front doorbell rang. To put this story in context, you should know that we live in the country and there are no sidewalks, no streetlights, (bears!), and our home is at the end of a very long driveway. In fact, our home is not visible from the road.
So, when the doorbell rang, I flipped on our front porch light and could see two teenage boys through our frosted glass in the front door. They were taller than me and were not wearing any type of uniforms, so I asked (through the door) if I could help them with anything. I just did not feel comfortable opening the front door. However, I wanted to help them if they were lost or had car trouble, but only while keeping my kids safe.
They answered that they were raising money for the high school’s baseball team. Since they weren’t wearing uniforms, I felt a little uneasy and at this point wondered if it was a scam. I told them I wasn’t interested, and they went on their way.
I found the whole exchange a bit odd and called my neighbors, who share the same long driveway with us. It turned out that the boys had not visited any of my neighbors, only my house. At this point, I was very suspicious, and quite honestly, feeling pretty nervous about the whole thing. Why had they visited only my home, even though they had to drive past three others on the same driveway to get to mine?
Thankfully, I found the baseball coach’s email address and relayed the scenario to him. I told him that I would be happy to donate, but I found it suspicious and wanted to make sure the boys were actually from the team and not part of a scam. After asking around, he found the players that visited my home and talked with them about being certain to keep door-to-door sales well before dark. I just can’t tell you how relieved I was to know that everything was fine, and that the boys were legitimately visiting my home (and not planning to rob me later!)
So…… part of me felt a little like a crazy lady, but with two small children at home, I have to be so careful. I would love to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but in the age we live in, we have to be so careful (even sometimes paranoid!). It was a good opportunity to talk with my son about being cautious and never opening the front door to strangers, even if they turn out to be safe. For me, it’s just better to be safe than sorry.
What about you? Would you have opened the door? Am I a crazy woman or would you have done the same? What are your rules for opening the front door after dark?
photo by Clearly Ambiguous