I had a thought tonight. As I stood in the mostly darkened kitchen, I reached into the cabinet to get a cup for water. I realized I knew by feel which cup I had picked up and that I’d rather get one vs another. From there, I got to thinking about the skill of knowing your way through the house without illumination.
We have several children and someone has a bad dream or falls out of bed or wants moral support in the bathroom or whatever fairly often. I also have trouble sleeping during the traditional nighttime hours. This is what allows me to blog, though. I can’t have a complete thought, much less write a complete sentence when everyone else is up and calling for me.
But I digress.
Moving By Moonlight
What I was thinking is how often I walk through the dark house and yet unconsciously know my right hand will encounter the back of a particular chair a certain number of steps into the room and so on.
This is nice for keeping my big toes unbroken, but really it is a more important skill than that.
- What if I hear an intruder? I think I will proceed quietly to check it out with my pistol in the dark. I will have the advantage.
- What if our house loses power and my bedside flashlight is burned out? I can quickly maneuver through the house without breaking my neck to find another light source.
Can you think of any more? Have you ever practiced this skill?
Strangers In The House
As an aside, have you given any thought to your criteria before shooting in the dark? I’ve thought about this, especially when Joe is away. It occurred to me that all of my children are below a certain height right now. Not only would that hopefully mean I would not accidentally shoot one of them, but it also means a head shot to a would-be assailant if I hit my mark. Unfortunately, this is something I think I need to consider.