One of the many things I love about our traveling lifestyle is the people I meet, and I especially love hearing their stories. For example, just yesterday my American friend living here in Paraguay told me about when she was a little girl playing with her sister at home. The parents were gone, her brother was babysitting. She heard the TV turn on and peeked downstairs. There was a strange man sitting on the sofa watching TV! She asked her sister to double check…yup, it was a man that neither of them recognized. How to tell their brother? They army-crawled their way down the stairs, behind the sofa (where Strange Man was sitting) and slid in on their bellies to the room where their brother was. After letting him know about Stranger Man, big brother (who was only 12 or so!) “shooed” the man out with his hockey stick! The way my friend described it was like a the way a cowboy would use a cattle prod to move some cows. He pushed the guy out the front door with the hockey stick and then they all want back to their previous activities. When their mother came home she was quite upset and insisted on calling the police. Long story short, Strange Man had been creeping into homes for weeks whenever he felt tired and wanted to watch some TV!
And to think this all took place in Small Town, Iowa!