I would first like to say that my family and I had a very nice Christmas. It was great to enjoy this special time and see my extended family and friends again, and I was able to do a lot of fun and exciting things. However, as the calendar year was turning from 2013 to 2014, our family got a nasty surprise which somewhat dampened our spirits for the coming of the New Year. On New Year’s Eve, when we were out shopping for New Year’s Day treats for a party we were to attend, one or several individuals broke into our house and burglarized us. We discovered we were missing certain items from our home on the morning of January 1, and it certainly came as a shock.
This meant, of course, that people we did not know had gone through our home picking and choosing what they wanted to take from us. This included going into my bedroom, rummaging through my possessions, and then stealing them.
As anyone can imagine, this event was quite alarming to all of us, and we called the police to report the theft. Whoever they were, they worked quickly and were careful to keep their presence a secret by taking only certain items, as evidenced by the fact that we only discovered what they had done well after they had left.
My parents immediately started to devise a plan of action to ensure this never happens again, and will be implementing some new safety features for the house. We also warned our neighbors to be on their guard.
My parents have always taught me that I must be aware of what is going on around me at all times and to use caution when I am in parking lots and stores and to pay attention to who is near me and what they are doing. This has not been an easy task for me to do because of my sensory issues and having everything come at me at the same time when I am out and about. I also struggle with reading people’s body language and facial expressions, so it is not always easy for me understand their intentions. My parents have also taught me to be cautious about how much personal information I give to people I do not know, such as giving out vital information about our recent vacation like when we would be going and how long we would be gone. So, I know I must be diligent as I continue to work on these skills so I can take action if I need to.
The biggest lesson, however, that I have taken away from this incident is that events like this can come from anywhere and strike at anytime no matter how cautious you are or how many precautions you take to keep yourself and your family safe. It is not a good feeling to know that even though my parents and I are very careful, things like this can happen and did happen.
This incident has reinforced my understanding that I must remain cautious when circumstances call for it. My family and I are going to make the changes we think are necessary to make our home more secure and move on into the New Year with a feeling of optimism that things can only get better. To be sure, I would like the rest of the year to be filled with less alarming moments, but 2014 certainly got off to a surprising and jarring start!