About a week ago... the morning after we got back from Six Flags, in fact... I was abruptly awoken by knocking on my door... I thought it was one of my kids at my bedroom door, but when I looked no one was there. I was exhausted after the day at Six Flags... and it took me a bit to figure out the pounding was coming from an outside door. I went to the back door... no one there... the pounding started again, obviously at the front door. At this point I was a bit ticked, because I wanted to be asleep. I yelled "hello" and heard giggles coming from the front yard.
Again... still extremely tired and getting grumpier by the second... my first thought was "that better not be my girls"... I quickly realized that the giggling was coming from the twins who live up the road... about a mile away from our house. Did I mention that it was 2:45 in the morning? You read it right... 2:45 AM... I asked what they needed and their response "We were wondering if you would let us sleep in your floor"... I was still not completely clear headed at this point... all I could say was "huh?" I let them in... asked a few questions about what the girls... who are all of 9 yrs old... are doing out of their house... and what about their parents.... and then I went to wake up Robert... this was definitely not something I could handle on my own.
Well, apparently the girls had decided that they needed to run away from home and that my home was a great place to run to. They had opened their window and climbed out without their parents hearing and walked to our house. Did I mention that there was no moon on this night? and that we live in the country? Where there are coyotes, bobcats, rattlesnakes.... etc? and we live a MILE from their home?
When Robert got up, he decided that we should call the sheriff who lives up the road... Robert didn't mention any names but the sheriff knew exactly who he was calling about... he said something about them doing this a couple of times before. Anyway, the sheriff showed up, not very happy about being awoken at 3am... and took the girls home. He said he was going to call the authorities (what was he?) and have it taken care of. So... if this has happened before why haven't the authorities been called before?
We haven't heard anything from the sheriff or the parents of the girls... and I am concerned... do I call and check on things? or do I wait for CPS to show up on my door to ask about it? Robert said he would see the sheriff this week and could ask what happened. Guess that will have to do....