Saturday, May 14, 2016

Thank goodness for Hannah

So last night after having gone out to dinner and then to visit my Dad and Susan, we were just driving
into our cul-de-sac at 7:30 when we noticed our garage door was wide open. We both felt panic. Or
maybe it was just me.

And at least one of us said, "How could it be open? We would never drive away knowing the 
garage was open!!"

So Den pulled into the driveway and went inside the house to check things out while I stayed outside.

While I'm standing out there, up comes this cute little girl riding her bike. I had never seen her before.
She stops right next to me, and shyly and softly says, "I've been meaning to tell you, uh...did you 
know your garage door was opened all the time you were gone?"

"No, we didn't know that. Do you know who opened it?"

"You left it open."

"Are you sure?"

"Yes I saw you drive away and it was open."

That was a relief. Glad it was us, and not someone else.

As we were talking, I found out this sweet little girl is only 7, she lives in the house at the end of our
street, and her name is Hannah.

"So Hannah, how long had you been outside tonight?"

"I stayed out here the whole time you were gone and I watched your house."

"The whole time Hannah?! You were out here in front of our house for TWO hours?"

About this time her Dad shows up. He said when we first left, Hannah came running up to him
saying, "They left, and their garage is open!" He told her that maybe one of us were still in the
house. But little Hannah insisted, "No, I saw them both in the car."

Her Dad said she was worried about us and wanted to make sure our house was safe.

So after thanking little Hannah, Den and I left to buy her a small gift. We wanted to help Hannah
remember last night. Not so she will remember us. But so she will remember her kindness.

I'm hoping when she is older, she will remember what a good person she was even at age 7.
I do believe goodness begets goodness.


Richard said...

Give her some of that gruel Dennis eats for breakfast...she will never forget you.

Anonymous said...

great story!

Leeann Ward said...

I love, love you're stories!:)

Karen Mortensen said...

Good for her. What a sweet story.

Scrapally said...

What an amazing and caring little girl! So sweet! Thank you for sharing another "make me smile" story! Glad to know there is still goodness in the world.

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine how you felt upon returning home and finding the door open. I am very curious what was going through Dennis's mind as he went to check the house. And then you staying outside to be safe but at the same time worrying about Dennis. Super scary. I'm sorry this happened to you. I'm very glad it has a pleasant ending. Your dear neighbor child is such a blessing. Perhaps she will choose a career in law enforcement. How sweet of you to buy her a gift.
How funny of Richard with his comment. pjc

Susan Anderson said...

Hannah rocks!