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Oh, the adventure it was taking these photos! My niece wanted me to take her senior photos at Smith & Edwards Country Store (a huge junk yard). I was so excited because I LOVE this place and hadn’t been there since moving back. We were having a great time shooting, but once it started to get dark, we decided we were done. As we started to head back to the car, it hit me, “Syd, do they lock the gates at night?” She didn’t know, and since it was barely 7pm, we figured we had time regardless. Sure enough, we got to the gates and they were LOCKED! We could here a crackling radio playing oldies music and figured someone must still be in the office. With much banging, no one answered. The parking lot was empty and there wasn’t a soul in sight. Oh, and did I mention, I was 8 MONTHS PREGNANT at the time! It was the perfect setting for a zombie attack, and I was quite certain it was going to happen too.
We went back to the gate and noticed there was a gap under the 10 foot tall fence. Sydnee slipped under the fence with ease. My mind hadn’t caught up to my ever growing belly, and I figured I could slip under as well. I layed flat on my back and began to shimmy until my belly touched the bottom bar, there was NO WAY pregnant me was going to fit. At this point, I am laughing uncontrollably and praying that my thimble sized bladder doesn’t fail me.
I sent Sydnee to look for bigger gaps or shorter fences. Sure enough, there was a shorter fence further down the parking lot. Again, my mind has not caught up to my changing pregnant body, I think for sure with my climbing experience and my converse shoes, I can get over the fence no problem. NOPE! My belly was in the way for the flip to the other side! I tried climbing the metal racks next to the fence, I tried squeezing between vertical cracks, NOTHING was going to get me to the other side. It was then, that I decided, I had better call my husband or call 911. Sherman, my husband, said he would be right over with a ladder, but Sydnee already found a tall rickety one that hopefully would do the trick. We opened the ladder and threw the A-frame over the fence. Only problem was, the ladder couldn’t fully open because the braces hit the top bar, oh well. I climbed the ladder and Syd held onto the base with all her strength. We laughed nervously, and I managed to teeter to the other side. It took me hours to warm my body and calm my nerves. We were just lucky they didn’t release the guard dogs!