Thursday, November 17, 2005

Don't go towards the light

I have very bad eyesight. During the day I wear contacts and usually only wear my glasses in bed to watch TV. I try to stay up and watch The Daily Show with John Stewart and catch what I can of Letterman. More often than not I fall asleep with my glasses still on my face and they get lost in the sheets. Last night I was drifting off in the middle of The Daily Show when I decided to run up stairs to the office and send a quick email.

When I got back to bed, I turned of the TV, turned out the light, put my glasses on the nightstand and went to sleep.

I was asleep for maybe an hour or two when I woke up for no reason. Lauren was asleep next to me. I could hear the hum of the baby monitor and knew Max was asleep. I could hear the dog snoring at the end of the bed. The cats were locked in the garage. I turned to squint at the clock to see the time but could not make out the red blur of the three numbers. I reached for my glasses and knocked them off the table. Since I was still groggy I figured I would leave them on the floor until morning. That is when I saw an eerie glow coming from the hallway.

What was it? All the lights were off in the house. This was a soft white glow. Coming from the hallway, or maybe the stairs. Adrenalin started to course through me and I shot up. I got on the floor and started feeling around for my glasses like Velma in Scooby Doo. I couldn’t find them.

Was it a ghost? No the house is not built on and ancient burial ground, nor is the house old enough. Was the light the moon? It was a full moon last night. No it couldn’t be there are no windows in that part of the house. The hair on the back of my neck stood up. I frantically searched for my glasses. Finally I found them.

Without moving from the floor, with sharper sight, I tried to figure the source of the light. I did not want to turn on bedroom light because I did not want to wake Lauren and I was afraid it would prevent me from figuring out the where the hazy glow was coming from.

Was it the computer from up stairs? No the angle is wrong plus it goes into a sleep mode. Did I leave the second floor bathroom light on? No. I even closed the bathroom door. What was it? I was getting nervous.

I finally stood up and went into the hallway. I looked up the steps and realized what the light was. On the top of the steps there is a gate to prevent Max from falling down the steps. There is a motion sensor night light on it so when you approach, it lights the way. Whew. No Ghost.

I calmed down a bit, went to the kitchen to get a drink. I climbed back into bed, placed my glasses on the nightstand and started to drift off. Five minutes later I shot back up wide- eyed. Wait a minute. The safety gate has a motion sensor light. Key word here is MOTION.

I jumped back out of bed. What the hell set the motion sensor light on? Not the dog. Not Max or Lauren or the cats? Crap. Now I had to go and check the whole house, which I did. I did not find anything.

I slept with one eye open and with my glasses on the rest of the night. I think the safety gate is malfunctioning.

16 comments:

Mama Duck said...

Wanna know something weird? I had a dream about Velma and the hot guy from Scooby Doo just last night.

Ghosties? Huh? We had one for awhile that liked messing with our baby gate in the middle of the night for while but it hasn't been around in awhile.

Kami said...

It's Jesus. He wants more ham.

lehighmary said...

my heart was racing when I read that one. scary...then again, I am a woose (I'm sure the dog would have alerted you if there had been some major motion)

Ern said...

How sweet that you were so considerate to let Lauren sleep. If it had been her that saw the light I'm guessing she would have woken you up. 'Cause that's what I would do!

Meegs said...

That definitely would have freaked me out!!

Island jen said...

LOL husbands are all alike. Mine always has to check out every light. I always tell him that he can't see anything if he would just close his bloody eyes.
But i'm glad he's lookin' out for us all the same.

MetroDad said...

Darn! Kami took my exact line!

Candace said...

Just as I was reading this, Sophie's mermaid started singing her little mermaid song, all by herself at the bottom of the toy box.

Weird.

The mermaid in question:

http://tinyurl.com/8jdf2

Susie said...

Dude, take the batteries out of the gate. We have the same one and it would flicker and drive my dogs nuts. Good story though. My heart was beating pretty fast by the time you found your glasses.

kalki said...

Thank you very much - tonight I will have nightmares about a rabid, snoring Scooby Doo and Monster Baby Gates with motion sensor lights for eyes.

kalki said...

By the way, it was probably a cow. Always suspect the cows. Even if you don't think there are any near you, THERE ARE.

Circus Kelli said...

Toys are spooky, yo.

ieatcrayonz said...

doo dooh dooh doo doo DOH!

It was Homer Simpson in the study, with the candlestick. I know this because my word verification is dgogh!

Cat said...

And might I just add a heartfelt DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN!

No_Newz said...

No Carol Anne, it's not the safety gate. Bwwaaahahahaha!
Lois Lane

Mainline Mom said...

That is fucking hilarious!!!!

Kami's comment is hilarious too.