This flag will be coming down immediately. People are taking it too literally.
I was lucky enough to have the day off today. My big plans were to sit and relax with my coffee this morning, then go out shopping with my mother later. Nothing fancy -- she needs decorations for the Moose Lodge, I need to track down candy to try to make candy sushi later this week for a cake. I call my mother, we make plans, she'll drive and pick me up. Stores are probably going to be crazy.
Around 11:45 I'm checking out Facebook, drinking coffee. House is quiet, it's sunny so the lights aren't on. The cats are sleeping or watching the birds -- it's peaceful.
I'm not expecting anyone other than my mother, and it is too early for her to be here. I can see my front door from where I am on the laptop, and I see the silhouette of a woman in a coat and fancy hat at the door. My mind immediately screams "Jehovahs!", as they are always nicely dressed when they show up.
Hell no, I'm not opening that door!
I freeze. No movement will take place. I shall play possum and hope she goes away.
*knock knock knock*
I duck behind the screen of the laptop, thankful that I wasn't listening to music or playing a game or on any kind of website that makes noise.
And something slides under the door, and I see her leave.
Not moving yet, and definitely not opening the door. She could be lying in wait out there, like a ninja ready to silently pop out and get me.
10 minutes go by....
I creep into my bedroom to look out the window. They are still there. Their car is parked directly in front of my house. Damn!
Grab the phone and creep to the back of my house, just to be sure they don't hear me and realize I am home. I call my mother:
"Houston, we have a problem. Jehovahs are encamped in front of my house. Please delay leave time by at least 15 minutes. We'll see if this obstacle removes itself."
Eventually their car leaves, about 10 minutes later.
I sneak out onto the front porch -- no sign of them or the car anywhere on the street. I decide it is probably safe to bring the garbage and recycling cans back up from the street. I grab the recycling can and make a break for the garage in the back.
No problems, and still no sign of them. Lulled into a false sense of security, I wander back to the front to grab the garbage can. Halfway back up the driveway I hear: "Hello! Hello Dear!"
I turn around and there it is, the car full of four ladies -- the ladies I have been avoiding. It's stopped at the bottom of my driveway. Shit.
I pause to assess the situation, and the driver says something, but I can't really hear it. All I can make out is the word "library". Oh fuck me, my cover is now blown. So I head toward the car and tell them I didn't hear what they said.
Driver: I said, you work at the library don't you?
Me: Yes I do.
Driver: I thought I recognized you!
Me: *from the back, walking up my driveway?! Creepy!* Yup, you were right!
Driver: Tell me, did you get the pamphlet that this lady left under your door?
Me: Yes I did.
Driver: Tell me, have you gotten one of these already? Have other people been through here recently with this pamphlet?
Look familiar, folks?
This would be the point where I mentally begin kicking myself, as apparently even when I am not at work I can't help but be a helpful source of information to people. Also, I'm thinking at least one of my neighbors must be less than amused at the constant visits and told one of the ladies that they already had this material. Probably in a nicer way than I would have.
Me: Yes, actually. I got one of those left under my door last week, I believe.
Driver: Last week?
Me: Day after Halloween. I didn't see anyone, but I found it on my porch and it wasn't there the day before.
Driver: Huh. Someone must have been here already.
And at that point I think I am off the hook. I'd like to think there is some level of coordination that must have gone wrong, and someone didn't report back that they had tried to save my street already.
I start to back away, and the older lady in the passenger seat chirps up..
Lady: What are those symbols you are wearing on your neck, dear?
Me: *WTF. Are we not done here?* My necklaces?
Lady: Yes, that top one in particular.
These would be the "symbols" being discussed.
Me: It's a crow. See? *And now I have to move back up to the car, and turn it sideways so she can see it is a crow's head.*
Lady: Oh. I didn't realize that. And what's that other one, a turtle?
Me: Yes, it's a turtle. I like crows and turtles.
Lady: Oh. They're...nice.
Me: Thanks! *smile*
Lady: Well, we have to be going now.
Me: Have a nice day!
And as they pulled away I swear I heard her say something about my "symbols" meaning something.
So now I have probably offered proof that I am the Spawn of Satan, and my "symbols" are probably a sign that I am in a cult, or a witch, or the like. Awesome. I'm sure that won't make them come back even more to try saving me. Added bonus that it can now be awkward as hell when the patron comes to the library and we both try not to acknowledge her little visit to my house.
And that, friends, is the story of my thirteenth visit by the Jehovah's Witnesses in three years.