Tuesday, March 10, 2009

burglars

I've nor the time or energy to explain this in any creative manner.....we had an attempted break-in today.  I feel violated, I feel scared, I feel PISSED.

I put A down for his afternoon nap and was checking my email when the doorbell rang.  Big paranoid freak that I (thankfully) am, I didn't answer the door.  The bell rang again.  And again.  At this point my "mama bear" instinct told me something was weird...that feeling you get where it's hard to breathe right and your hair feels prickly on your neck.  I ran into our bedroom and grabbed the phone, then looked out the window.  There was a guy in the driveway talking to someone.  I figured they were selling junk or spreading the word of Jehovah and were on their way to the next house....but something still felt weird.  I tried to calm myself- it's Tuesday, 2pm, sunny, we're in suburbia.  You're paranoid!  Burglars come at night dressed in black.  Burglars hit the scary neighborhoods or the super fancy ones.  Not here, not us, not now.
  
A few seconds later, the doorbell rang again.  And again.  Now my heart was beating so hard I heard it in my ears, clearly something was wrong here.  I started toward Anderson's room.  Then I heard a pounding sound come from the door, and with an awful sick feeling in my stomach, watched the door start to jiggle in the frame.  Scared doesn't even begin to describe how I felt right then.  I yelled as fiercely as I could muster that they better get the #@$* away from my house.  Cowardly losers that they are, they ran.  Jumped in their car and drove off so fast I couldn't get the plate number from our second story window, but I did get a great description of the wannabe burglars and their getaway car.

Cops came, J came home, I cried and cried and cried, alerted the neighbors, got on the phone with security companies.  And started with the "what ifs".  What if they'd gotten in.  What if they'd hurt my sweet boy.  What if we HADN'T been here and they'd destroyed our home. Home is where you feel safe, your shelter.  To have someone even TRY to invade that....well, it makes me feel very sick and very afraid.

The security system will be installed tomorrow.  I'll be even MORE hyper-vigilant going forward.  So to my friends and family, be careful.  It's one of those "happens to someone else" type things.....until it's you.  Your house.  Lock your doors, set your alarms, keep your guard up.

I'm exhausted, but wanted to get the details out for my own record and in hopes that it will cause ONE of you to be a little more careful and avoid an even worse outcome.  Things could have been so much worse.  Thank GOD they weren't.  

9 comments:

Laura said...

You're awesome for having the courage to yell like that and scare them away. Good job, Mama Bear! I once heard you're supposed to yell things like, "Jack, get the gun!" Glad you are safe. LOSERS indeed.

Life in the South said...

How scary! So glad you are all okay though. We had an attempted break in a couple of years ago and it terrified me.

Lisa said...

I am so glad you are all ok! Good job thinking so quickly and yelling at them. Lots of hugs...

Dawn said...

I am so sorry, Mandie. I am freaked out reading this.

So glad you and A weren't hurt.

*hugs*
Dawn

Beth said...

Oh my GOODNESS, that is so scary! I'm glad you're ok, and A is ok, and that your gut was screaming at you the whole time. This is giving me chills just thinking about it.

Bless your heart. Be safe!

Tamara said...

OMG! I would have died. I'm so glad you were able to yell and scare them away. I can't believe the nerve of some people!

sarah said...

OMG I have goosebumps. I can't believed that happened, but good for you for screaming and having the phone ready to call the cops. Wow. So glad you guys are ok.

Candice said...

Wow that is scary. I am like you. I never answer the door. If I'm not expecting you, you ain't coming in! Your instincts were right on.

Were even more diligent now being in South Africa. Thanks for the reminder to carry that extra vigilence home!

Candice said...

Did they ever catch the perps?