We have this 12 x 12 foot screen porch that jutts of the back of our house. It has a beautiful view and is a nice area to sit and relax at the end of the day. Next on the list was to sweep and spiff up the porch. I swept and had a nice pile of dirt ready to hit the trash, but no dust pan. I walked to the door to go inside and get what I needed. I was so excited to check another task off the list.
I grabbed the handle and turned...nothing happened. I knew instantly that I was in trouble. The door was locked and I was on the porch without a key. Not only without a key, but without a phone, without another human in earshot, without hope of escape. I was alone, locked on the porch with my neat pile of dirt.
Like an idiot I wigged the doorknob, secretly praying that Schlage made a faulty lock and the door would somehow magically open. Bruno sat quietly on the other side of the door, looking at me, wondering why I was asking him for help. Again, hope springs eternal and a quick thought flashed through my mind. Maybe Bruno could unlock a door. It was only a fleeting thought.
As I stood on the porch that deja vu feeling welled up in my chest. This isn't the first time I've been in this situation. Sad to say, I didn't learn my lesson.
So, it was time to figure out a solution to my dilemma. It was time to improvise! I looked at all the screens on the porch and chose one in the corner (it had a post directly underneath and had the most space below so if I took a big fall maybe I wouldn't hit anything else.) I didn't want to, but I knocked out the screen. As I stood there making more work for myself, I said a few choice words.
With the screen out of the way, I steeled myself, took a few deep breaths and climbed over the railing. I stood on the ledge, gripping the railing, my heart racing. After a few seconds, I thought better of what I planned to do and I climbed back over onto the porch. It's a full story above the deck and to add to the drama, I'm afraid of heights. I calmed myself down and told myself I had to do this.
Sometimes, improvisation is the ONLY way.