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September 15, 2013

KNISELY: Surviving a run-in with a frog

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I stood and thought of what to do while he continued to just sit there. I could tell he was looking at me. I didn’t like that.

I reached over the frog to open the door. Thankfully he didn’t move; I might have collapsed. My heart was already pounding and my knees were weak.

In an effort to figure out his plan of attack, I began motioning as if I was going to take a step to the right to enter the garage. When he didn’t move, I motioned to the left. Again, he did nothing.

I thought that meant he wasn’t going to move, so I summoned the courage to step over him. The moment I began to move with intention, he pivoted and then moved slightly to the left.

See? Deceitful.

I jumped back and begin to loudly scorn the frog.

“I knew you were watching me and just waiting, you little jerk!”

Though I was annoyed by his action, it did put him to the left of the path, meaning I could now more easily skirt him to the right. I would be closer to him than I would like, but I knew I now had a good chance of getting inside the garage unscathed.

If you’re saying right about now, “That frog is more afraid of you then you are of it,” you are wrong.

I was just as certain as he was — maybe moreso — that he would lead to my imminent demise.

Now that I was actually late to work because of this garbage, I took one big breath and a gulp, and I decided to go for it.

In one swift motion, I jumped into the garage and grabbed hold of the door handle, slamming it behind me.

I was in the garage. I couldn’t breathe, but I was safe.

Once I regained my composure, I yelled from behind the door, “You better not be here when I get home!”

Misty Knisely, managing editor, can be reached at 574-732-5155 or via email at misty.knisely@pharostribune.com.

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