Here’s another incident I remember. We had moved from the apartment into a house with a backyard, walking distance to my school. This must have happened when I was around six or seven years old. I would walk to and from school with my best friend, and my parents were taking child-abduction precautions like making me memorize my phone number and address, having my finger prints cataloged at the local police office and telling me never to get into a car with a stranger.
Well, they decided to see if their lessons sunk in, and they sent a friend of theirs, whom I’d never met, to try and “give me a ride home”. She pulled up beside me in her car, popped open the passenger door, addressed me by name and asked if I wanted a ride home.
I remember the incident and how smiling and friendly this lady was, and I remember the complete lack of danger around the whole thing. This was not how I imagined kidnapping would be like. I thought, “Well, getting kidnapped isn’t scary at all!” But of course I obeyed my lessons and refused to get into her car.
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Note also, my financial advice. Seriously, you should always have money for chocolate milk. What the hell, Dorie? 😀