I’m an early riser…always have been. This morning, about five a.m. I was up before the coffee pot timer went on. After switching that on I had time for one of my favorite morning things; I went to get our one-year old Chorkie, Maddie, out of her kennel.
Maddie is a cuddler…my kind of dog. After snuggling for a bit, I put her electronic collar in place and headed to the back door. These chilly late fall mornings are very dark where I live, so we keep a battery-operated lantern by the back door. Maddie and I stepped into the inky blackness, me waving my lantern in front so frighten off any critters that might be in search of food…or puppies.
Instead of her usual charge ahead on the sidewalk, Maddie “woofed”, snuffed a late blooming flower under the dining room window, the returned to my side. It was unusual, but a car snaked quietly around the corner, the headlights raking over the two of us as Maddie decided it was okay to head out into the side yard after all. Mission accomplished, we went back into the house.
Time passed, my husband joined us on the couch for coffee. As we sat watching the news the electric eye at our front door bell detected motion. It was only a quarter to six, so Larry went to check that out. Finding nothing that should have tripped the sensor, he eventually checked the video camera to find a young male wearing a hoodie and gloves had been trying our front door. Hmmmm……an unexpected guest?
Daylight prompted a more thorough investigation that produced a torn/cut window screen on one window, another removed from the frame in the dining room window. The would-be burglar dropped some money as he removed screens, or perhaps as he fled when I came out the back door; we may be the only place that cost him money. Either way I hope his evening of thievery costs him more than the eight bucks he dropped here.
Later when a nice young police officer showed up at our door we turned the “candid camera” picture over to him. Another officer fingerprinted windows and doors, taking notes as they explained there was a rash of break ins all around us last night. Seems this group, the Future Felons of America, went into houses, stealing and frightening people, for blocks around.
I pride myself on learning something from every experience, and this is no exception. Lesson One: Never go out into the dark unless you are prepared to defend yourself (and your puppy). I won't make that mistake again. Lesson Two: Fingerprint powder is very, very difficult to remove from window frames. Lesson Three: Always lock your doors and windows. Always.
There’s something I’d also like to share with the fella’s who tried so diligently to get into our house early this morning: There is nothing in this house, either money or possessions, that is worth your life…but the lives within these four walls are worth defending at any cost. Understand that.
Life is Good