What was that noise?
And why won’t you answer?
By Jeff Salter
[Note: One of many “frights” I’ve experienced in my eventful life. I posted this on Facebook in 2017, when it originally occurred. But, believe it or not — it’s also happened since that time.]
When we were building this house, the contractor wanted to have all 16 steps in one “flight” (in order to save some upstairs space). I was all for saving space, but I also remembered my mother-in-law (twice) tumbling down HER lengthy flight of stairs (before they moved to the condo). So I told the contractor to make the stairs in two runs with a landing in the middle.
He wasn’t able to work it out with 8 steps, landing, and 8 more steps… but he figured out a way to have 6 steps, landing, and the final 10 steps.
All that was simply to help prevent one of us from killing ourselves on the stairs.
[I’d never owned a house with stairs and only lived for one year in a house with stairs. I stumble around a lot in the dark, you see.]
Hang on and keep reading… I’m getting to the point.
This morning, I was in the bedroom and suddenly heard CRASH – BUMP – THUD – CRASH.
I knew immediately it was from the staircase.
I called out, “Are you okay?”
Before I could make my way from the bedroom to the area with the stairs, there was another CRASH – BUMP – THUD – CRASH.
“Hey, Denise! Are you all right?”
So I hustle down the stairs, my phone in hand, ready to call 9-1-1.
There at the bottom, casually stacking cardboard boxes was my wife.
“Did you fall down the stairs?”
“No,” she replied, seemingly surprised at my question. “Why?”
“Well, I heard all that CRASH – BUMP – THUD – CRASH and figured your days on this earth were over.”
“Oh, that was just these boxes,” she answered.
“My hands were full, so I just kicked the boxes down the stairs.”
Folks, if your spouse has a “thing” about stairs… please don’t create unnecessary CRASH – BUMP – THUD – CRASH on the staircase… without advance warning!
Have you ever heard a noise in your house… and were convinced someone had just experiences a terrible accident?
[JLS # 503]