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This is what panic looks like

It was a beautiful evening here. I decided to go out and finish a job I started earlier - trimming our bushes. Alexis was watching TV. Cole was playing with "garage band" on the computer. I was outside for probably 30 minutes.

I came in, got myself a bottle of water, and went upstairs. My bedroom door was locked. "Cole!" I thought to myself. I knocked on the door - no answer. So, I looked for something to open the door. Nothing anywhere. I looked for a screw driver. I ask Alexis if she knows where something is to open the door.

"No, ask Paije."
"Paije is out of town."
"Call her."

So, now I am starting to really worry. It isn't like Cole to not come to the door when I call him. My mind is worrying. I can't open the door. Cole is not responding. Then Alexis says she thought she heard Cole scream earlier...

Now I am on the phone screaming at Kevin (who is out of town) because I can't find anything to open the door and Cole has not responded in any way to pounding, yelling, banging...

Kevin says "kick the door down." I already tried; but, I tried again. No luck. I am just not that tough. So, I go out to the garage to look for a screwdriver - no screwdriver - but here is a HAMMER!


I pound a hole through the door big enough to fit my hand through. I open the door and this is what I see...


my heart is still pounding. Can you believe he slept though all the pounding, yelling, screaming, hammer smashing through the door... I can't even be mad at him - he looks so sweet!

An hour later Kevin is at a Lowes in Chantilly checking out the price of new doors. Cole is still asleep. I have a smashing headache!

This is what panic looks like:


If only we could see through those doors!

Shared by Tami Potter on November 17, 2011 | Memory Date: June 20, 2008
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What a great story. You did what any mom would do!
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  November 30, 2012 at 2:05 am   
Panic, new door, a sleeping child = Priceless!
Posted By: Rose Van Cleave  |  August 9, 2012 at 1:30 am   
I love the photo you took through the hole! I was at a scrap retreat and read the story to the other gals. Then I showed them the pics. We all had a good laugh.
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  March 12, 2012 at 4:22 am   
Great photo! Sorry about the door.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  January 3, 2012 at 12:01 am   
What a great story! You can show it to your son when he has kids do the same thing to him! :) I absolutely LOVE the picture of the view through the hole to the child in bed. That says it all!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  December 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm   
Andrea, Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately this was not a "Pop" lock. We usually have "keys" that turn the mechanism on top of several doors but, I couldn't find anything anywhere that would work. (Panic didn't help that - I am sure.) I know one thing - if this ever happened again, I'd break the door knob instead of the door. 3 years later we still don't have the door fixed! Much harder to replace the door then it would have been to replace the knob.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  December 4, 2011 at 3:21 am   
If the door knob has a small hole in the middle of it, you can use a cake tester, tooth pick or similar thin skinny thing to insert into the hole and apply pressure to pop it...spring release and it should open up. Have has lots of experience in this area!!! We kept something near the door that was the usual problem just to be safe.
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  December 4, 2011 at 2:59 am   
I remember this.
Posted By: Kevin Potter  |  November 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm   

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