March 09-A, 2023

Rosette Spoonbill 02 03/25/2015 — Rip van Winkle Gardens, New Iberia, Louisiana
When the next door neighbor's house
was broken into,
we decided the time has come,
and a home security system
will be installed on Saturday.

Since then, four other homes
have had forced entry,
and the entire development
is experiencing vulnerability
for the first time 
in it's 30-year existence.

We live in a cul-de-sac
with eight houses,
and the break-in 
has created a sense of family
that wasn't there the day before.

We all leave our outside lights on all night,
and most of us have
or are installing security systems.
A couple are going for Ring Doorbells
with a camera and recording capability front and back.

So, that's that.
A testimony to where we are
and what's what with us,
and what needs to be done
in light of it all.

It is dealing with the symptom
and not the disease,
to be sure,
but none of us have access
to the cause of the disease,
and have no idea of how to treat it
if we did have access.

We are beyond being able
to trust people we don't know,
and can no longer assume
we are not accessible
to people who would
take advantage of us
if they had the chance.

They aren't waiting for the chance.
Darkness will do.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

4 thoughts on “March 09-A, 2023

  1. Disappointing, isn’t it. Recently someone came to my door twice between 830 and 900pm asking directions. I called 911. Now I keep my alarm system “on” even during the daytime. I feel like I’m living in a box. I hope things improve.

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    1. Living keeps asking things of us that we wish were different. I hope we get better at dealing with it over time! Good luck to you with all that comes your way!


  2. I know that life will often throw a refrigerator into our precariously juggled plans. This seemed to hurt personally. Thanks for the kind words.

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  3. Sigh. Yes. I’ve has a system for over thirty years, three break ins, one hit and run. I know that even with a system I may not be safe, but who is alive and totally safe, and for that matter, safe from what? Loss? Of property, life, and limb? Of illusion? Of “faith in human nature?” what in the heck is human nature?

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