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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What's Going On?



For those of you who have been following my blog for a little while, you may have noticed I haven't been posting much as of late. While I was working on some projects that isn't really the reason for my absence.

About a week and a half ago, our next door neighbor's house was shot at with a 9mm pistol. The round went through their front window and destroyed their 75 gallon aquarium. Luckily, the neighbor wasn't sitting at her computer at the time like she often does in the middle of the night(our neighborhood is usually quiet in the overnight hours, but then I'm usually sleeping, so what do I know!)A second round went through their neighbor's dining room window and ricocheted through their living room. A third round may have been fired but no evidence was found.It appears that the shooters must have been in a vehicle in front of our house. The part that rattled me the most is that due to the balmy weather, my son and I were sleeping on the couch in front of a large picture window in the front of the house. Even scarier is the fact that neither one of us woke up. My husband heard shots but since people in the neighborhood like to set off firecrackers at all hours, he thought that is what he heard. He was horrified when the neighbor told him what had happened while he was taking Dharma out for her morning constitutional.He told me in no uncertain terms that we needed to move...yesterday. I stressed to him that that was not possible but that I would start looking.

Less than a week later, our neighbor across the street had the window in his car shot out by a group of young adults on a joy ride on the west side of Cleveland. They did upwards of $40,000 damage to over 100 cars. The neighbor's car was parked directly in front of our house.

I'm not one to overreact to incidents but these two events caused me concern. Mostly because of my little one. The saddest thing is that now we are going to move out of my friend's house which I must admit I've grown rather fond of. Plus, my garden has finally gotten to a point where I'm very content with it. I didn't feel comfortable sharing what was going on in my personal life until I talked to my friend that own's the house. Only my two closest friends knew.

We may have found a new home to move to, it is much smaller than what we are currently in but it is in the suburbs with an excellent school system. It doesn't have the character of this old house but it gives me a sense of safety and security and that is very important at this moment in time. We just put in our application and I told my friend what was happening. I am sad.

9 comments:

michael@lucys said...

kelly we are so sad to hear this like the bakery the gun violence is everywhere in cleveland. no sense people crazy.i would get out so fast my head would spin and we feel we are rolling the dice everyday we are still here.good luck with the move.
michael and marika

Athena said...

You're making the right decision, although I understand how hard it must be to leave your garden and a house you like. What happened in your neighborhood is scary! Although things happen everywhere (unfortunately), at least where you're moving you'll feel safer.

PJ said...

oh my, how awful to have that happen. i don't understand what is wrong with people anymore, it is all very sad. i'm glad that you found a house in a safe place and will keep you in my thoughts.

Steph said...

Oh Kelly, I'm so sorry about that! But I am glad you found something safer and you can grow a garden in your new yard! I'll keep you guys in my thoughts. HUGS.

Amy Lilley Designs said...

I give a big 'AGREED', w/ everything which has been said...nothing is more important than feeling safe in your own home...and things do or don't happen for a reason...again, thank goodness you and your family are safe...I know how sad you must feel...it will work out...give it some time...:))...love love love Marvin...this is one of his best...great choice..

Split Rock Ranch said...

I'm glad you found a safe place to move to. To not feel safe in your own home is like living in a prison. Many blessings to your family in your new home.

Dori said...

I'm just glad that you and your son are okay. How scary! It does seem that people have gone crazy. The news is unbelievable sometimes. I hope that you get some peace of mind in your new home.

Nancy said...

Wow. Hearing that really puts loving your garden in perspective, huh? I'm glad you've got a place to move to pretty quickly. The most important thing is that you all are safe! Don't feel bad either...we live in an "up-in-coming" section of Baltimore and, well, we pretty much expect shootings and all that on a frequent basis.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Wow - I'd say it's time to move! But I know how stressful that is too. Hang in there!