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They moved the tour to the recently added second floor. “And from the point of view of safety?” Roberta asked entering the new master bedroom designed with a balcony and staircase leading down to the backyard and pool.
“I can answer that said.”
“Who are you?” Roberta asked startled by the woman that had appeared out of nowhere.
“Sandy. I’m the Architectural Project Manager on this renovation. I can assure you that this entire home and surrounding property including the backyard and pool are up to safety codes. These sliding doors can’t be opened without a key, and if left open the maximum gap is 4”. It has a sensor which will sound an alarm if anything obstructs it. If you check the design of the staircase, the high railings and small slats on the balcony and industrial grade pool cover you’ll note the additional precautions we’ve taken at Ms. Porter’s request specifically with the safety of children in mind.”
“Thank you, Sandy.” Bette smiled at the bossy woman interjecting herself into the conversation uninvited.
Roberta couldn’t argue with any of that. They finished the 2nd floor tour then went back downstairs towards the kitchen.
“Well Ms. Collier as Sandy indicated we are very conscientious about safety, but I truly believe …
“Call me Roberta.”
“Roberta, I believe children can learn what’s safe and what’s not safe through tactile encounters. I mean at this age she can’t really grasp concepts she can only have experiences.”
“So, you’re planning to let her put her hand in the fire?”
“I’ll give you a metaphor Bette. Go ahead and throw yourself off the 405 overpass. It will hurt like hell and damn straight you won’t do it again because you’ll be dead.”
“I think that’s a bit extreme Ms. Collier.” Tina said walking up to them after putting Angie down for a nap. She knew Bette would never endanger their child and both agreed that her physical safety was paramount at home and everywhere else she might be exposed to. However, was safety going to be the substance of this entire interview?
Before Tina could voice her concern, Roberta’s attention had shifted. Her eyes were focused on an art project that Bette had displayed on one of the hallway walls.