“Dad! Dad! Dad! Call Skunk Control right now!! There’s a skunk in the house!”
I was working at home, because my wife was really sick today and was resting in our darkened bedroom with a cool washcloth over her eyes. To be honest, I hadn’t really needed to stay home. Our two girls are twelve and ten, and can pretty much take care of themselves, but they still needed someone to drive them to and from school, and I wanted to be available to get whatever my wife needed. She rarely got sick. In fact, the last time she was this sick was over three years ago. But, I liked to really pamper her and take worries off her mind so that she could get well quickly. She is the rock of our family, and we just don’t function very well without her.
So, when I heard my twelve year-old daughter, Kenzie, yelling about skunk control, I rushed right out of the home office. “Shhhh! Don’t wake your mom! Now, show me what you’re talking about.”
My ten year old, Baylee, was holding her phone up, recording the whole thing. “This is sooo cool!” she grinned.
“Dad. It’s in the kitchen. You have GOT to call skunk control right now.”
I started to walk towards the kitchen, my two pre-teen girls trailing behind me, alternating between squeaking with alarm, shushing each other, and giggling with excitement. Ah, to be young again.
But, when I opened the kitchen door, it was skunk-free. Kenzie jumped up into a nearby chair, squealing as softly as she could, “Where is it? Where is it?” Baylee just kept recording.
I picked up a broom and started walking from room to room. Kenzie had jumped down from her perch to trail me, along with my video-recording Baylee. There! It huddled in the living room, tucked between the loveseat and side table. I froze, unsure of what to do next, as Kenzie whispered, “Don’t scare it, Dad. It’ll spray.” That’s exactly what had been going through my mind. If it sprayed in here, we would have to replace everything from the carpet to the furniture to the drapes.
The skunk caught sight of us, and decided it had enough. It walked across the living room floor, bold and waddling its behind at us, as if to say it wasn’t worried about us at all. The three of us followed at a distance, but I knew we’d all get sprayed if it decided it had to defend itself. It was heading back towards the kitchen, so I urgently whispered to Kenzie that she needed to go the other way, back into the kitchen before it got there, and open up the door to the garage. “Now!” I urged her. She took off, threw the door open, and got out of the way just as the skunk walked into the garage.
“Baylee, give me your phone.”
“But, Dad, I’m still filming.”
“Baylee, give me the phone. It’s time to call skunk control.”
As she did, my wife called down the stairs. “Honey, what’s going on?”
“Nothing!” I yelled out, as I glared at my daughters, willing them to stay silent on the matter. Skunk control would take care of this first, and then I’ll let my wife know.