See what CafeMoms are saying about saving time this holiday season..
So today I experienced something that was very scary for me. I was out in the (fenced) backyard with my daughter and niece when I heard knocking on the front door. I went to go check and looked out the window. I could not see anyone but I could hear a man talking. I decided not to open the door and I saw a man go down the stairs and seem to head toward my backyard.
I quickly headed to the back to get the girls and the man that was at my front door came into my neighbors backyard and started asking me for help and he was rambling on and on about his friends were after him trying to shoot him. I kept my eyes on him and called the girls to come inside quickly. They started whining and saying no, and without taking my eyes off of the man I called them loudly to come inside. They did come in and luckily I had my phone in my hand and I told him I would get him help and dialed 911. The dispatch officer told me to go into a bedroom and lock the door.
As I did I heard the guy pounding on my glass door trying to open it. He had jumped the fence and come into my backyard. I started freaking out, still on the phone with the 911 operator. I told the girls to stay in the room and I stood in the hallway, at which point I couldn't hear him anymore.
By this time the police officers were already here and had already searched my yard and were searching the neighbors yard. I came out through the back yard and told him where I had seen him last. Unbeknownst to me, the creep was hiding under a tarp in my backyard, and I came a few feet from him when I came outside. Still outside, I got in the phone with my hubby to tell him to come home and when I turned around the guy started coming out from under the tarp. I screamed and ran inside, locking the door behind me. The officers heard me and jumped the fences to arrest him. Later as they interviewed me they informed me that he was either very drunk or high (something I had sensed from the moment I heard him talking).
I had never been in a situation like this where my sense of security had been violated. I know that I did the right things and I am proud of myself for having reacted the way I did and having protected my daughter and niece. However, I am still very shaken up and scared. I feel violated and feel that I won't even be able to have my windows and glass door open anymore.
I know eventually these feelings will go away but I'm struggling with myself because I have always been very cautious and now I feel like I am going to be overly cautious. My husband is the same way and keeps both gates locked up so that they are not easily accesible to someone trying to come in, and in this case I think that this delayed the creep from just marching right in and gave me time to get the girls in safely.
Have any of you ever experienced something like this? If so, what did you do and how did you get over the bad experience? Did it change you or the way you do things?