When I was five, I was terrified of being kidnapped, she said.

Why? Did you see a movie or something?

She didn’t remember. She wanted to be ready in case some masked stranger snuck into her room in the middle of the night, so she prepared an emergency kit that she kept next to her bed.

As he pulled me through the window, I would grab the kit on my way out, was the plan.

What was in the kit?

It was an empty pill bottle. Into it, she put one watermelon Jolly Rancher and one dime, and then filled the bottle with water. That way she would have something to eat and drink while she looked for a telephone to call the police.

But the idea kind of fell apart when the Jolly Rancher melted all over the dime and turned the water pink.

Still, I think it was a good plan.

11 Responses to “Captivated”

  1. Dave2 Says:

    Watermelon is my favorite Jolly Rancher flavor. And that’s all I have to say about that…

  2. Dani Says:

    Quite ingenious for 5 years old! Watermelon is also my favorite Jolly Rancher flavor!

  3. brandon Says:

    that sounds remarkably close to those early prototypes, actually. only thing missing is a wee american flag and a fortune cookie bible verse.

  4. claire Says:

    Reminds me you don’t see many payphones nowadays.

  5. Greeneyezz Says:

    I was thinking the same thing that @claire had mentioned…I too don’t see many payphones anymore. Mmmmmm…
    Watermelon Jolly Ranchers RAWK!

  6. jenny Says:

    dave2: my fave is fruit punch – harder to find, but sooo worth it.
    dani: that’s what i thought, too! way to plan ahead.
    brandon: shouldn’t there be a tiny gun, then, too?
    claire: i just saw one the other day and did a double take.
    zz: cell phones. they’ve taken over the world!

  7. shari Says:

    This is your way of explaining your extended blog absence then? You’ve been making kidnap survival kits with 5 year olds?
    OK then. We forgive you.

  8. churlita Says:

    a green apple one would have worked better. those things are almost glow in the dark. They would have helped you find a pay phone in the dark.

  9. Cheryl Says:

    When I was in first grade, my friends and I had a plan to combat the alligators and punk rockers that allegedly inhabited the swamp next to our school. It involved filling water guns with rocks.
    The ’80s were a paranoid time.

  10. teahouseblossom Says:

    That sounds like something I would have worried about as a kid.

  11. Capricorn Cringe Says:

    I’m trying to remember when pay phones were a dime.

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