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Monday, September 24, 2007

Close Call

Thankfully, I never walked in on my parents...

I'm not sure how I would have felt if I had witnessed the deed between them. I don't like to think about that very much. However, it is on my mind because my DH and I have had two close calls lately. Yes, after 2 kids and 9 years of marriage, we are still having sex.


Anyway, just when I thought we were both getting old, our agility was tested when we heard that doorhandle twist...and we raced for cover. I know my daughter had no clue what was going on because she was half asleep...and I am totally ok with being open about our bodies and all, but 5 seems a little young.

So, that's the end of the post...just want to know if it's happened to you, have you ever walked in on your p's or had your kids walk in on you and how did you handle it....? I know with this apartment living that I do, I am probably not out of the woods...close quarters and all.


  • Try walking in on your grandparents. *shudders*
    posted by Anonymous Susan M at 9/24/2007 06:57:00 PM  

  • I never walked in on my parents, but I heard them. (gagging). I slept with headphones on for at least a year.
    posted by Blogger miggy at 9/24/2007 07:41:00 PM  

  • I walked in on my sister . . .
    posted by Anonymous Mel at 9/24/2007 07:48:00 PM  

  • Thankfully I never walked in on my parents - it would have ruined me for life (sorry if you're reading this mom, but come on, it would have messed me up). I did hear some over zealous "laughing" a few times - ran to the other end of the house and plugged into my walkman.

    And we've had quasi close calls but so far so good.
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 9/24/2007 08:17:00 PM  

  • I'm just glad a three year old doesn't understand exactly what's going on.
    posted by Blogger Azúcar at 9/24/2007 08:29:00 PM  

  • I totally did! (walked in on my parents) I was about 8 or 9 years old. I have still never told them--but--who knows if my mom is reading this! Probably not but I bet people who know her are. ;) Hence my anonymousness.

    Anyway. It was confusing to me. They didn't know I was there (I don't think) and I never brought it up, obviously. To this day I half-wonder if it was a dream but my imagination couldn't have conjured that!

    I knew enough to high-tail it out of there right away. I don't think it scarred me or anything. But--lock your doors! is my advice.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 9/24/2007 08:35:00 PM  

  • We ALWAYS lock the door. ALWAYS. I don't think I ever walked in on my parents. I would have been scarred for life. NO!!!!!!!!
    posted by Blogger Sue at 9/24/2007 10:05:00 PM  

  • My eldest sister had her friend over for studying one night. They were in high school so I would have been in like 6th grade.
    I went to hang the cordless phone up that night and the receiver was in my parents room next to the head of the bed.
    I slowly opened the door, due to it being late, and I apologized that I had to hang up the phone since I noticed movement when I opened the door. Then my father adjust the sheet and I saw a part of my mom's naked body. I was shocked! I hung the phone up, I have no idea if it made it to the receiver, and I ran out of there.
    I ran to the living room and 'whispered' "Mom and Dad are having sex!". My sister was also in shock but the friend, who comes from a very open home, gave a sigh and said "Man, I'm glad to know they still have some fire between them."

    I was totally ewwed about it happening.

    We have a lock on the door. So what happens is they try the door and can't get in so they decide to talk to us under the door.
    I've put a pillow down there if they're continue to get out of bed, and then they'll whine about the pillow. Of course only our 4 year old has done this. Our 2 year old stays put in her bed at nighttime pretty well thus far. (knock on wood.)
    posted by Blogger Lacey at 9/24/2007 11:24:00 PM  

  • me and every one of my four siblings have walked in on my parents...it's almost a rite of passage at our house, sadly enough. I only wish they'd tried some of these tricks like locking the door or hey, try closing the door!!! My 14 yo bro just experienced it this past summer and when my Dad told me, he naively thought that it had only happened to my oldest brother before that. We had a good laugh over that one!
    posted by Blogger Liz&Meg at 9/25/2007 03:42:00 AM  

  • liz&meg..."try closing the door!!!" hilarious. Yeah, I think we just figure that the kids have been asleep for hours, who needs to lock it? But, we are trying to get better at remembering....

    susan m, did you REALLY walk in on your g-parents?
    posted by Blogger Kage at 9/25/2007 04:50:00 AM  

  • Oh, Kage- this is too funny! :)

    I have to share that my little 3 year old walked in on his parents once and exclaimed, "You dancing?!" :)

    We have since learned to lock our bedroom door during nap or bedtime when romantic events occur.

    I do think it may be a good idea to have towels or bathrobes nearby to use the shower excuse...

    So glad someone finally posted about something like this!
    posted by Blogger LJ at 9/25/2007 09:10:00 AM  

  • Anybody have any good ideas for those of us who live in apartments without locks on the doors? (although I guess there's always the bathroom)
    posted by Blogger Emily C at 9/25/2007 09:15:00 AM  

  • emily c--
    Barricade the door. Or stick bells on it. :)

    Luckily, I never have walked in on my parents. They must have been smart cookies --because after I was married, my mom told me they had done it all the time. It's still yucky, you know, even now, thinking about it. Yuck!

    DH and I ALWYAS lock our door. No matter how tired the kids seem--because I'll wake up to go feed #4 in the middle of the night, and there's #3 lying on the floor. You just never know. So no matter how much it ruins the moment, one of us gets up to lock the door. It's one of those non-negotiables. Oh, and they ALL have to be asleep first, too.

    No wonder parents with children have less sex. :)
    posted by Blogger Cheryl at 9/25/2007 09:38:00 AM  

  • (2nd try)

    no and no, thank goodness!
    posted by Anonymous cchrissyy at 9/25/2007 09:41:00 AM  

  • If you don't have a locking door, try Vaseline on the door knob...

    I heard my parents once. I think your parents having sex is just supposed to be gross. To everyone. Absolutely everyone.

    Our kids are still too young to know whats really going on, but once we were close, and DH just told Jeff mama and daddy were wrestling. Hope we don't scar them for life!
    posted by Blogger tracy m at 9/25/2007 09:46:00 AM  

  • This post and comments are hilarious!

    No walk-ins here, phew!
    posted by Blogger Mary at 9/25/2007 09:57:00 AM  

  • I am sure I walked in on my parents as a child because I was one of those kids who did not like to stay in my own bed at night. Luckily, they must have been experts in pulling themselves together because I don't remember any scarring moments.

    We've had a couple close calls in the past but nothing traumatic for the children I don't think. iN our new house we have 4 entries to our bedroom and only two have locks. We need to work on that.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 9/25/2007 10:18:00 AM  

  • was it on here or another blog that someone mentioned her parents put a bell on HER door, so that they would hear her leaving her room in time to... make arrangements... It wasn't until she was an adult that her mom told her why that bell was on her door.
    posted by Blogger marian at 9/25/2007 11:34:00 AM  

  • As a married adult, while living w/ my parents temporarily- I HEARD them once... AUGH! That was enough! DH and I ALWAYS lock our door... our oldest is old enough to be totally scarred and our youngest is just way too nosey! It is a little anticlimatic, but hey- it's what ya gotta do!
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 9/25/2007 12:28:00 PM  

  • To be honest, I'm not sure what exactly my grandparents were doing. But it involved a flashlight.

    My best friend in jr high had parents that would shower together, and leave the bathroom door open. It was nightmarish.
    posted by Anonymous Susan M at 9/25/2007 12:58:00 PM  

  • Ahhh, I'm having flashbacks. Let's just say I was home from college, wanted to grab something from my dad and 8 month pregnant step-mom's room.....yikes! To this day I hope that was a hallucination.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 9/25/2007 02:19:00 PM  

  • I am one of those who, to this day, still don't think my parents had sex after I was conceived.

    My boys have never walked in on us, but a cat jumping on the bed at an inopportune moment sure makes my husband jump!
    posted by Blogger colds1 at 9/25/2007 03:44:00 PM  

  • It's been close a couple times. We don't have a lock on our door right now so we have to shove a book under it to act as a door stop. How's that for desperate measures?
    posted by Blogger Tandy at 9/25/2007 09:42:00 PM  

  • I think all my parents' children were conceived via artificial means. :)
    posted by Anonymous Tatiana at 9/26/2007 03:15:00 AM  

  • please!!!
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 9/26/2007 05:42:00 AM  

  • So I guess teaching your kids to knock doesn't work.

    I wouldn't know for two obvious reasons.
    posted by Blogger happy nanny at 9/26/2007 01:48:00 PM  

  • Oh my! Where to start?

    I have never walked in my parents but now that I'm a grown-up, my mother thinks she can talk to me about her sex life. She told me once how Dad likes to do it in the morning and she just is not a morning person. Don't want to know, Mom!

    When our oldest was a baby we would put her in the baby swing next to our bed when we needed a moment. Same child has walked in on us a couple of times but I don't think she knew what was going on (God, I hope).

    Ditto on the cat jumping on the bed! It is too funny!
    posted by Blogger Sexy Housewife at 9/26/2007 05:43:00 PM  

  • What about the flip side - have your parents ever caught you doing "it"? Almost!! :D
    posted by Blogger delilas at 9/27/2007 06:43:00 AM  

  • Delilas - I was just about to say that. My parents didn't walk in on me but my Dad did walk in on my sister and her new husband. It was the afternoon of their wedding - before the reception and he just wanted to make sure everything in their new apartment (which he owns) was just right - but they were already there!!
    posted by Blogger Jolene at 9/27/2007 08:31:00 AM  

  • An anonymous post. :-)

    My mom walked in on my and DH. We had only been married for about a month and were visiting - staying in the garage. She needed something out of the fridge in there. We were in our sleeping bags, so I don't know. We have never mentioned it to each other, though I get embarrassed every
    time I think about it.

    And while I've been lucky to never have walked in on my parents (I tell DH that they've only had sex 6 times, once for their wedding night and once for each kid. They just timed it all nicely.), my mom has overshared once. Now that I'm married, it's okay I guess. So while I've never actually SEEN anything, I have a VERY vivid imagination and I have to push the image from my mind often... ew!! DH laughs and will makes comments so that the image will pop into my head. The stinker.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 9/28/2007 11:42:00 AM  

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