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“Don’t go outside,” I stressed. “Lock the doors. Don’t open for the door for anyone unless it’s cop.”
“Stay inside?” she asked.
“But I need to get our trash barrel,” she said.
“Who gives a rip about the trash barrel?” I shouted. “Stay inside!”
“What about the newspaper?” she said.
Don’t go soft on me, I thought. If there was ever a time to indulge your worst instincts, Mom, now would be an excellent opportunity.
What good is paranoia if you don’t consistently use it?
In the end, as the FBI and police swarmed the neighborhood, my parents did what they do best. They hunkered down.
Around 4 p.m. that day, I called again.
“Are you OK?” I asked.
“Yes,” Mom said. “But I’m scared.”
“Don’t worry,” I said. “You’ll be fine. Just don’t leave the house.”
“I not leave the house for next four days!” she vowed.
In other words, things were returning to normal.
Thomas Lee is a Star Tribune business reporter.
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