Yesterday, you entered the boundary of my house at midnight. You stealthily opened all the doors of my car that was parked on the driveway and took away so many of my favorite things.
Wow! How cool the whole process! You could open my car without a key. What fun it must have been to search the car for valuables!!
It seems to me you did not like any of the goodies that were inside the big bag on the back seat. You had carelessly scanned and scattered them on the seat as well as thrown them outside the car. The sun caps, the shopping bag and trolley, water bottles and some documents – all of these were of no interest to you.
But you sure did find some humble luxuries on the front seat and took them home. My GPS, my favourite music CDs, along with a few sunglasses. Possibly something else too that I’m not aware of.
I will miss my music collection but it is the loss of the GPS that will directly impact my life. May be it won’t. Actually I did not value my GPS as much as I should have. Still, how did you come to know that I do not treasure it and you decided to take it away?
I now miss its presence in my car, but as long as it was with me, I hardly ever put it on. Her voice telling me to “Turn left”, “Turn right at the third intersection“, “Keep going for another 2 km then turn left” kind of irritated me. She used to put me under tension. During my journey I could either listen to her or use my brain. I always chose the latter.
I happen to have a sharp memory. I easily remember names of the streets. I like to find my own way, by hit and trial. So I did not use my GPS as often as most people do.
And yet, the fact remains that it was mine. I paid for this intelligent machine. And you took it away so unashamedly?
Moreover, I did use it under dire circumstances. In any case I always avoid driving very long and unsafe distances, and now with my GPS gone, I will totally stop doing that, till I get another one, if at all. Which means, much as I say I didn’t like it, it was my friend during my difficult times when I feared getting lost along the way. Hence I will miss its presence. We can do without our friends who make merry with us but not without those who help us in our hours of need.
All in all, one thing is clear to me. Even with my minor or major dependency on it, I did not love having a GPS to this extent, that I would have ever dared to venture out in the dark of the night, that too in this current chilly Sydney winter weather only to get a GPS from somebody’s car. But you did exactly that.
How unsafe it must have been for you to enter someone’s territory at midnight, and use unscrupulous means to open the doors before using either car-light or your own search light to scan around!! You left the doors open and quietly vanished away with your booty. Were you scared of the noise it would make if you close the doors?
My heart feels bad for you as I realize how desperate you must have been and how needy that you had no other way to get these goodies except break open my car. Therefore, I conclude you needed my GPS much more than I ever did.
And that’s what the police said, “This is a job of someone too needy.”
But the cops also reiterated, “They do that all the time, they sell them away.”
Indeed if a person decides to sell his/her conscience, then selling a GPS is not such a big issue, isn’t it? So go ahead. Let my loss be your big gain.
As for me, it’s not as much about the loss of the GPS, or that of music CDs and the sunglasses as it is about loss of faith in people living around my area; it’s about the loss of feeling of security. It’s the scare you have caused in my heart that will linger on. I may overcome it with time as will I forget my GPS. Hopefully it may also make my family stronger as we further learn to keep our possessions secure and safe.
But I might still not keep my car in my garage every day, as quite a task it is to take it out of the narrow driveway. Therefore from now on, I will start using a car-cover that I always had but never used. The cover will keep my car dust free. Good outcome! It will be difficult for you to take off the car-cover and run away with it.
Also, the police has now updated me that you (and probably your pals) had raided many cars in our area. Which means there will now be increased police vigilance in our suburb. They said they will also get the street lights working. Some good does come out of all bad things.
Life will move on and so will your journey as you either use my GPS in your own car or sell it. You needed it badly, so you better use it for your good. But in general, no good ever comes out of eyeing other people’s possessions. No one can ever become a millionaire by stealing.
If you did not have any agenda of becoming rich via my GPS, and if you genuinely needed money for your ailing family, then it’s a matter of immense shame that we have a society where the poor and needy are too embarrassed to ask others for some humble amount of money, and they prefer, rather they are compelled to steal in the middle of night.
But if it is not poverty and rather it was your own addiction to stealing that compelled you to opt for this burglary, then all I can do is pray for you, “May this GPS open the doors of your conscience!! May it show you a right direction and a ‘right’ way in life!!!”
I can almost hear my GPS speaking to you: “Move right to go towards the right (eous) path in life. Keep driving forever…and ever…”
My car was actually broken into at night, two days ago.
After reading The Daily Prompt Do Not Disturb I was not sure I was supposed to share this incident here or not. Sometimes we just feel like sharing. I can make it ‘private’ if and when I feel uncomfortable with it.
Responding to the prompt now, well in general, one should be careful about sharing. When in doubt have no doubt. If there is something you won’t tell to a random stranger, unknown neighbor or your enemy, then do not put it online.
But as it happens, with offline or online theft – ill-intentioned people will find a way. All you can do is be cautious.