So I’m sitting in my bed, it’s around 11:30, checking email, looking at facebook. Mattie Claire is asleep in my bed because there are six girls in her room chattering. The boys are asleep in their room (the only smart people in the house) and David is in Dallas. The house is in shut down mode-doors locked, dishwasher set to come on in 3 hours, lights are off. All of a sudden I hear Jeff Nielsen’s voice coming from the study. Our study is down the hallway from our bedroom where I am.
What’s the first thing you do in an emergency? Because this is an emergency. There is someone in the study and they have logged on to sqpn.com and want to sit down and listen to the latest episode of Catholic Weekend in my house in the middle of the night! The house with the husband 4 hours away! OK, what’s the first thing you do in an emergency? Stay calm. I stayed very calm, didn’t wake the baby, didn’t go for the gun or the baton (story for another time), and walked down the hallway. There is no one in there. The girls are telling ghost stories upstairs. Did they conjure up someone who wanted to listen? No, it was only a teeny fly-like creature hitting itself sensless against the screen of the computer–a touch screen–a very sensitive touch screen by the way. It took me more than a few seconds (an eternity in computer time) to close all of the windows and get the screen off because the little bugger didn’t want me to stop. He kept hitting the screen.
I’m not sure how or why he wanted to hear your voice, but I’m glad it was your voice and not some crazy rock singer that the kids might have had pulled up. You were my rock, Capt. Jeff. I have to say it was really weird hearing you come out of nowhere, but I’m glad it was you.
Now don’t scare me anymore!