A Sad Lesson
Tonight I got one of those phone calls. The minute I heard her voice I knew something was very wrong.
"Hi Honey. What's wrong?"
A sob. "I got home from work and we've been robbed."
My daughter's Navy husband is out at sea on a two week mission. My little girl is alone in the port city twelve hours from home. I feel so helpless.
She came home from work at 10:00 pm and walked to the kitchen. She saw something on the floor, thought it was styrofoam-- turned on the light and discovered it was glass. The thieves had broken the sliding glass door in the kitchen at the back of the apartment.
She ran back out to the front door, not knowing if they were still in the apartment, and called 911 and then me. I stayed on the phone with her until the police arrived. I am so thankful that she didn't surprise them in her home, that she wasn't hurt.
The police did their work and told her the culprits, probably drug addicts from all appearances, will most likely just pawn her stuff. Her laptop computer, his laptop, an Ipod, a Wii game system, her cell phone charger. Not the phone, she had that with her, just the charger! A new pair of Nike shoes and she doesn't even know what else yet. She's too shook up and afraid being there all alone to think straight right now.
It appears they did it in broad daylight. The next door neighbor in the building got home at 6 pm and didn't hear the glass breaking or anything else.
The maintenance men are there now boarding up the door. She will stay tonight at the home of another Navy wife whose husband is on her husband's ship. She is terrified. She hasn't been able to let her husband know because they can't have calls when they are under way.
She doesn't want to go back to the apartment and I don't blame her. I don't want her there either. She says they will move. She asked me how someone could do this to another human being--my little country girl living in the big city who always thinks the best of everyone. This is a lesson I wish she never had to learn. Only twenty-two years old, but sadly a lot wiser now, I guess.