Posted on 05/16/2000
07:58:33 PDT by Texas Mom
This morning, I was no more than awake, still in my nightgown and
robe having my morning coffee, when my dog started barking. It was one of those,
" there is someone in my yard" barks, so I paid attention and went to
There at the door, I saw through the storm
door, was a young man I would imagine to be around thirtyish, nice looking,
clean clothes who looked kind of startled when he saw me, but then gave me a big
smile and asked to use my phone, his car had broken down. I didn't open the
storm door but talked through it and I told him to give me the number, I would
dial it and make the call for him.
He stuttered and stammered and said that would
be okay but could he use my bathroom.
I said, "nothing personal dear, but with
all the crazy things going on, no," he could not use my bathroom. I wasn't
about to let him in the house. He then asked for a glass of water. I thought
this was strange since he had just told me he was about to wet himself. I told
him to go around the corner, he was a guy, he could pee outdoors.( a bit crude
huh?) Told him to get a drink at the hose at the side of the house. He mumbled
something and walked away.. I closed the door but had a really uneasy feeling. I
sort of half expected him to come back to use the phone. I called my son who
lives on the other side if town and he said he would come over. It would take
him 10 minutes if there wasn't a trian.
The next thing I know, the dog is barking
again. This time at the back of the house. I looked out the back window and he
was in my back yard. Usually people are intimidated by the dog but not this
I have a fenced in back yard with a gate. We
have a fire place and my husband has a pile of cut wood in the back yard, some
logs and some kindling. He had picked up one of the smaller pieces if wood and
was just standing there. Like he was 'thinking' of what his next move would be.
I went and got my handgun and just stood at the window, with my handgun in one
hand, I tapped on the window with the gun (not pointed but wanted him to see
it.) and the telephone at my ear. He dropped the wood and ran. I called 911 and
gave them a description and told them what happened.. They were here within
minutes and found him about a block away. He did have a record for breaking and
entering and had spent time in prison.
Maybe I was just paranoid,and over reacted. I
don't know what he had in mind, or if my life was in danger but I think the
sight of the gun did get the message across that this was no ordinary grandma he
was dealing with here. My theory is he was thinking of breaking in and was
surprised to find someone at home. Most of the people on this street work, and
most of the homes are unoccupied at this time of day. My car is in the garage
and the door was shut, so it looked like no one was here either. He just picked
the wrong house this time. By the way, there was no broken down car in the area
but one in perfect running order.
My heart is still pounding a hundred miles a
I saw a sign once that said," I don't call
911" . Does anyone know where I can get one for my door?