Children, Christmas, Men At Work

Come In and Shut the Door

It was a quarter to 11, and Pure Luck and I were getting the dogs ready for the night: one last trip out, various pills and potions, a cookie for good measure. Outside the snow fell and the wind blew and the sky seemed oddly bright for the lateness of the hour. Just as we got Molly into pill-taking position, we heard a knock on the door.

Pure Luck, exclaimed, "Who the hell is that?"

I hurried to the door thinking it must be a neighbor in some sort of need, someone who saw our Christmas lights still on and turned to us.

I opened the door to find a bearded young man wedging himself into the small space the storm door would open with deep snow pressing against it.

"Merry Christmas!" cried #1 Son.

We hugged, and I said, "It's a good thing you didn't tell me you were traveling in this."

"That's why I didn't," he said.

Smart kid.

(Post-Christmas prizes to the first person recognizing the reference in the title of this post!)

13 thoughts on “Come In and Shut the Door”

  1. Well, I can’t remember any of the words except for the refrain, but I could sing that to you: “Come in and shu-ut the door.”

  2. well, I know just exactly how you feel! as #2 stepson called me from the road on Saturday to tell me about a teeny fender bender he had… wonder why he called me first? They’ll go out in weather I wouldn’t dare to….
    I feel I should know that quote. argh!

  3. I know it’s an old song, but can’t tell you more than that. 🙂
    SO glad he is home. SO glad he didn’t tell you. I always counsel my students that if they have minor trouble abroad, the first person they call should NOT be their Mama – until they have it SOLVED. Then the Mama can feel proud and relieved.
    Or, some stories are better saved until the child is 30, no?

  4. No, it’s not an old song….it’s from the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. But I didn’t remember that it was from that particular one….

  5. I was so excited that I knew it! I could even see the illustration from the book in my mind. I LOVE Laura Ingalls Wilder!
    Glad your son is home safely!

  6. Oh, everyone beat me to it! But I’m delighted that he was able to surprise you, and that he got through the weather safely.

  7. and I was going to say the theme from “three’s company.” Oh wait a minute, that’s “come and knock on my door.” Yeah that’s it. 😉

  8. Hooray for him – such wisdom! And thank goodness ChartreuseOve solved the problem – I was sitting there struggling …Wasn’t Pa playing the fiddle at the time?I must see if Hattie Gandhi has the book to hand – clearly time to re read.

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