Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A mother's fear:

Today was the first sunny day we have had in ages. Indiana and I took advantage of it by breaking out the stroller and heading for town. We live in such an ideal spot. We are two blocks form the liquor store, three blocks from the best department store in town (Fred Meyer), four blocks from the local mall, and five blocks from our favorite grocery! Indiana and I wandered the neighborhood. We shopped a little, we walked a lot, we shared a burger. Neighbors along our regular route were out in their yards, several saying their "hellos" as we passed; a few stopping us to admire Indiana and gossip a bit about the weather. We arrived home at about two this afternoon.
At three o clock this afternoon, in broad daylight, in our small little community, in my peaceful neighborhood, a man armed with a gun accosted the clerk at the liquor store and ran from the building with the cash, out into our neighborhood. The police asked residents to stay in their homes and apartments as the officers searched our neighborhood with dogs and shot guns. I admit it is frightening to see an officer walking past your front door with a shot gun in hand. My angel and I were out just an hour earlier wandering those same streets.
We have always felt so safe in our small town. I know nothing is "fair", but it really is so UNFAIR that one bastard like this can ruin the safety and security of a neighborhood. One of my neighbors is a young girl who lives alone. Because we are unsure of whether or not that man is still on the loose in our area, the little neighbor girl is staying at her mother's home tonight, afraid to stay alone in her own home. Other neighbors in the building have come to me and expressed concern (I am some kind of local community leader, helping form our neighborhood watch, planning community gatherings, forming our block party for national night out, etc, so it is fairly normal for my neighbors to come to me with issues). We are all being especially mindful of odd noises this evening. We have made sure we all have phone numbers of our neighbors, and are all ready to dial 911 if something feels wrong. When I contacted the police department this evening, I was told that they could not release information to me.
I just wanted to know if it was safe to sleep in our beds tonight. I wanted to know if it was safe to sit in the breeze-way and gossip with the "girls". I wanted to know if Indiana was safe in his crib. I wanted to know if my neighborhood will ever feel safe again, to those of us who call this place home.

6 comments:

Dad,Wanda,Jacob,Weston and Michael said...

Did they catch the robber yet???? We bet that was a HORRIBLE scare!! We are glad we always say our daily prayers for all of you! PLEASE WATCH OUT and stay SAFE!!!!!
Thank you for the adorable pictures this morning. We enjoyed them a LOT!!!!!!!
Love Dad,Wanda,Jacob, Weston & Michael

P.S. We mailed your birthday today. Watch the mail.

bart said...

it's so sad to be robbed of certainties you'd considered to be "normal living", even if it's for a short time... i hope things have been straightened out in the meantime, the culprit apprehended and that you all can get back to the day to day life you treasure...

keep well...

telfair said...

This is a terrible situation, but I can see one positive in it -- the way your community pulled together! You were all scared, but you talked to each other, communicated, organized -- and I think that's great!
Kudos to you for taking a leadership role is the neighborhood!

Queen of Spain said...

Ug. Ug. Ug. and double Ug. Lock the windows. Lock the sliding glass door with a stick. Call the cops again and tell them you are the media. XXX community newspaper. Looking for an update on the robbery. Hell, email me and I'll call them. Ask for a public information officer.

Ug.

B. Scott Leopard said...

Don't worry about a thing! You have one neighbor that is bigger and meaner than any liquor store robbing coward! Also, I am lurking (yes I like to lurk) when I get home at all hours of the night. My I called my brother and told him about it, while I was at work and he was at home on the couch and he said, "Don't worry, if some crazy a-hole breaks down our door, I will grab one of your swords and cut his F-ing head off." To which I replied, "Remember to use the katana! It's the sharpest one I have!"
But seriously, let us neighbors know if you hear anything else. My midnight vigilance will be stepped up.

Plumkrazzee said...

Wow, how scary for you guys! Hope they nab the bastard...it's awful to live in fear. Michele sent me today.