little ears

It seems like lately, I’ve gotten in the habit of recounting the house break-in so many times, I don’t even think about it anymore.

**Minor inconvenience happens, something that requires a driver’s license or whatever other item that I no longer possess.**
– Sorry, my purse was stolen.
– No, I didn’t leave it somewhere. Somebody broke into my house & took it.
– Yeah, we were home. We were asleep upstairs at the time.
– I know, it IS very scary.

I’m not looking for sympathy, it’s more of an explanation, and I hate recounting it because it makes me feel like such an idiot when I have to admit that actually, I accidentally left the door unlocked, so it was more of a house walk-in than a break-in.

Yesterday, after I picked Catie up from daycare, my eye doctor’s office called to say my glasses were ready. I’m so sick of squinting at the screen all day while I’m working, and they were open until 6:00, so we hopped back in the car and headed over there.

The guy, who brought out my glasses and adjusted them for me, remembered me from when I got my first pair of glasses there. He asked if I’d lost them. And I did the whole, “No, actually, my purse was stolen and my glasses were in them at the time, so… yeah,” thing. I didn’t even think about the fact that Catie was sitting in my lap at the time that we had this conversation.

In the car afterward, we had this conversation:
Catie: Mommy, was it monsters?
Me: Was what monsters, baby?
Catie: Was it monsters who came into the house and took your purse?
Me: [having sort of an “oh shit” moment in my head] No, sweetie, there’s no such thing as monsters, remember? It was just… bad guys.
[Trying to focus on driving and not banging my head into the steering wheel. Bad guys? Really? Like that’s any better?? Good GOD, self. Way to traumatize the poor kid.]
Catie: Why were they bad?
Me: Because they wanted Mommy’s money and Mimi’s money, and that’s why they took our purses. And it’s very bad to take things that don’t belong to you, right?
Catie: [worried voice] What if the bad guys come back and they take my toys?
Me: No, sweetie, nobody’s going to take your toys. We got all new locks on the doors, remember? So your toys are totally safe now. Nobody’s going to touch them, OK?

She seemed content with that answer, but I felt horrible. I mean, I’m relieved that her main fear is that the “bad guys” would take her stuff, not that they’d do anything to harm her. But, man, I seem to constantly forget that she’s not a baby anymore and that she picks up on everything. You’d think that I would have figured that out by now.


On the other hand, she erased last week’s sad face from her Magna Doodle and drew this in its place.

Today gets a smiley face. My cup runneth over.

So I’m guessing we’re gonna be just fine.

9 thoughts on “little ears

  1. Happy Faces for he WIN!!!

    It’s amazing how much kids can pick up on. I’d be totally worried about my toys too!! Still so thankful that nothing worse happened and that you are all safe!!

    What kind of glasses did you get? Picture please!

    • @AmazingGreis, The glasses are the same as my old ones – red, square-ish frames. I’ll post a pic as soon as I stop having crazy allergy issues with my eyes!

  2. I’m sorry. 🙁 I’m glad Catie erased the sad picture though.

    Do you want me to see if I can get any information to send you from work on security systems? I can send it to you so you and Dave have information from us and then you can gather stuff from the other places to do comparisons on. Let me know. I will help any way I can.

    • @Jess, Thanks, but no. The house is already wired for a security system from the previous owner, we just need to call the company and have them activate the service. I’ll be working on that as soon as Dave gets home.

      • @Cindy W, That’s even better and will save you a TON! When we reactivate people who are prewired we just go out to the home, check the devices and then reactivate at the current rate (which for us is $31.95 a month with the extended repair agreement.) I’m glad it’s all together for you and one less thing to worry about. 🙂

  3. Hi there! I’m Tricia, or amelie522, from Instagram! I knew you had a blog, and I’m so happy I’m finally able to get to it. I am so sorry about your house bring broken into. The fact that you were IN THE HOUSE ASLEEP is the absolute worst part. I can imagine how violated you must’ve felt. I’m so sorry. But you are a total supermom for the way you handled your daughter’s questions. Awesome job, mama. I’d say the smiley face means good things are coming.

    • @Tricia, Thanks. And yeah, it IS terrifying to know people were in our house while we were asleep, but I’m glad that it was only money and nothing else.

  4. Every night my husband makes fun of me because I check every window and every door. I told him your story. Now he doesn’t make fun of me after hearing your story.

    • @Shari, Glad I could help. I never even seriously considered a home alarm system until this happened, but I’m seriously looking into them now.

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