On summer nights, we throw the windows and doors wide open to gather all the cool evening air. It is glorious, but before I go to bed I have to close and lock the doors, despite having been told that this is ridiculous/unnecessary. House-dwellers, could you sleep with your doors open?
Part of my insistence comes from a desire for safety (or at least the illusion of safety): sure, we live in a small town, but there's still crime, and sure someone could break in through our window screens, but I feel like it would be trickier/noisier. A wide open door seems so welcoming, and if I was a hoodlum driving around in the middle of the night looking for trouble, it might be hard to resist wandering in.
The other aspect feels akin to always wanting to sleep covered with at least a sheet, regardless of temperature. I don't think I've ever fallen asleep without at least a little something draped over me, and the idea of doing so feels completely foreign. We're so vulnerable when we sleep! We need a little soft separation between our resting bodies and the rest of the world. And just as a sheet won't protect me from cold on a warm summer night, a closed and locked door might not protect me from who-knows-what...but I want it nonetheless.
Do you ever keep your doors open overnight?
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