If you have been following this blog, you know that our family was robbed during father’s day weekend. You can read about it on my June 15, 2008 posting, “How do you make your kids feel safe after you’ve been robbed?” It was to say the least a tumultuous time. As I wrote back then, the hardest aspect of it was talking to my sons about it. It was the moment where the safe world we had created for them was tested.
Today, I received a call from the detective handling the case that the robber has been caught, and will likely go to jail. He is a 48 year old man with a history of burglaries. It appears he robs to support his drug habbit. He had hit numerous apartments and homes in the community. They followed him and he was caught in the act of attempting to rob.
It doesn’t change the fact that my sons are more aware that robbers are not just make believe. It doesn’t bring back my things or the money shelled out to repair things. It doesn’t change the anger, helplessness, and frustration I felt. It doesn’t change the fact that we painted and drew on the 2×4’s on the door to make it seem less sterile and cold. It doesn’t change the excitement of winning the fathers day basketball tournament. And it simply doesn’t change the fact that we let go and moved on with our life as a family. For all it doesn’t do, one thing it does do for me is give me some actual closure.
It quiets that little part of me that wonders or thinks about it from time to time. It puts that nagging piece of the story to rest. And for that, I’m grateful.