My daughter is a care worker, looking after people in their homes after illness or just due to old age. All are in various states of health but she enjoys her job and is very involved with her clients, often doing little errands or taking extra time to read the newspaper headlines and have a little chat after her work commitments are finished.
She rang me a few weeks ago to tell me she was going to attend a funeral of a client she had always had a bond with. The gentleman would often tell her stories about his military career, offer advice and generally acted like a grandfather figure to her. In particular he was always telling her to "lock your doors, it's not like when I was a lad!"
On the day of the funeral she was surprised to see another family member there afterwards (an in-law by marriage). It was then discovered that the deceased was this person's uncle, making my daughter distantly related to him. She was upset by his passing but said it was nice to have discovered this as, even if they hadn't known it at the time, he was taken care of by family at the end.
A few days later she went shopping with her flatmate and returned with heavy bags of groceries. As they entered the flat her roommate dropped the keys while juggling with the bags. They left them on the hall floor and took the heavy bags straight to the kitchen. After putting away the shopping, the roommate said before they prepared a meal she would just run downstairs to get her work uniform from the car and went into the hallway.
She then called to my daughter, who was still in the kitchen, asking her why she had locked the door and where had she put the keys? My daughter came to the hallway and said, "How can I have done that when I was with you in the kitchen?"
A frantic search ensued for the keys as the key ring also had car keys etc on it. Fifteen minutes into the search they were no closer to finding the keys and starting to panic a little bit. The roommate walked into her bedroom and sat down on her bed, nearly in tears. As she did she heard a noise, looked and saw the keys in the middle of her bed! Panic over, they began to wonder how this had happened.
They had left the keys on the hallway floor, they had been together in the kitchen, no one else lives with them so couldn't have entered unnoticed, picked up the keys and locked the door with their own key on their way out. They could find no logical explanation.
Then my daughter looked at her friend and said, "I have a feeling it could be H****. He always told me, "Lock your doors, it's not like when I was a lad!"
Maybe in some way H**** had found out he was related to my daughter, albeit distantly, and came to remind her about being safe!