Mission successful! Crisis averted!
The only day I went in to work this week and I left at 1pm to rush home in order to get there before my parents. As I turned onto the street, I was prepared to wave myself off, abort the mission and accept the consequences, should my parents’ car be in the driveway. Fortunately, that was unneeded. I confidently crossed the threshold of my parents’ house with 3 days worth of mail in hand. No parents to be seen. I have not heard from them yet, so I can only conclude that I managed to get away by the skin of my teeth on this one.
On the bright side, I got my latest paycheck and one of the gifts my sister got for me came from Amazon.com. I bought myself a big lunch at McDonalds to celebrate.