I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “You really put your foot in it that time.” That expression means that somebody committed a serious faux pas. I went one better and put my knee in it.
Back in September of 1973, I rented a tiny basement room in a large house. One afternoon after school, I somehow locked myself out when I went to the bathroom which I shared with my next door neighbour. Instead of going upstairs and asking the landlord to let me in, I decided to remove the window and crawl inside.
After much grunting and straining, I pried the window out of it’s frame. All the while,, my heart pounded. “God, please don’t let anybody think I’m doing a break in,” I prayed as I struggled through the narrow opening. After I was inside, I closed the inside window.
Then I made sure I had my key in my pocket as I climbed the basement staires. Once outside, I knelt and pushed the storm window back into the frame.
Before I knew it, my knee pushed forward and shattered the pane of glass. I now had two problems. What would I say to the landlord and how would I keep my room from getting cold.
An idea suddenly struck me. I could tape the shards of glass back together and hope the landlord wouldn’t notice. I fetched a roll of masking tape from my room and set to work repairing the window as best as I could. Then I went indoors and taped the other side of the pane pieces. The tape held but the window was weak and wobbly.
The landlord didn’t take long to notice my unorthodox handiwork. I apologized profusely and explained what happened. Fortunately for me, he forgave my clumsiness. Two days later, he replaced the pane.
I now make a point of having my keys with me when I go out. If the weather is warm enough, I don’t shut the inside door. Never do I ever want to suffer the embarrassment of locking myself out like I did forty-one years ago.
I described my tiny room in greater detail in How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity. This memoir of God’s astonishing providence is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Virtual Bookworm Publishers.