Mike snickered. Sometimes his sister, Beth, had the craziest ideas. Mike was at Beth’s home helping her to put her affairs back into order after her husband’s death. Today, he was photographing her valuables for insurance purposes. Beth had taken out a new policy and she wanted to keep her own records.
After Mike was finished with the pictures and preparing to head home, Beth asked him to wait — she had two more items to photograph. She then pulled her wedding and engagement ring from inside the flower pot that held her Easter Lilies — the same pot that held Poinsettias last December. Mike was humored and asked her about her choice of hiding places.
Beth generally kept the flower pot sitting on the kitchen counter when it contained flowers,and on the top shelf next to other empty pots when it didn’t. Mike told her that he thought the flower pot safe was an odd place for her to keep her most beloved possessions. But, there they sat, right out in the open.
But Beth explained that the flower pot safe was, in fact, the safest place for her treasures. So safe, that her rings had recently eluded a burglar and a dishonest cousin. The burglar had found the silverware and the cousin recently took a fair amount of cash out of Beth’s wall safe. The rings were not touched. She asked Mike, “Where would a burglar or a thief look first?” After thinking about it for a moment, Mike had to admit that if he were a burglar, he wouldn’t even think to look for valuables in a flower pot. He was pretty certain that a burglar would go through drawers and closets, or break into any obvious safe he or she came across.
As Mike drove home, he thought about the various reasons a flower pot safe, or any diversion safe, would be useful. He lived in a low crime area, but he had a lot of company and so did his three teenage boys. You’d like to believe that you can trust everyone, but the reality is that you simply can’t.
Once he arrived home, Mike ordered two flower pot safes of his own.