My mom and dad only left my brothers and I alone in the house a couple of times when we were kids.
I remember one of those times very vividly in my head, because so many things went wrong.
My parents went to Evansville, IN for a party. My brothers and I were playing baseball in the backyard. One of the balls got hit too hard and it broke a window in the garage door. My brothers and I were all freaking out because we thought we were going to get into trouble. I planned to tell my mom and dad that it was my fault when they came back from the party in Evansville. My dad worked for an insurance company in Evansville and my parents were at a party to celebrate a promotion that my dad had received. I wasn’t going to call them with bad news and spoil my dad’s big night. The window turned out to be no big deal, especially after the kitchen sink started to overflow. I loaded the dishwasher and hit the start button just like any other night or day. Water started spraying out of the sink. I was in the living room when the water started spraying and everything was covered with water. I shut off the dishwasher and I figured my dad could deal with it when he got home. The final straw was the furnace. My brothers and I were sitting in the living room when I heard a very loud and scary sound coming from the basement. It definitely sounded like a problem with the furnace and shortly after the sound, the furnace stopped running and did not come back on.