It’s an hour before the clock strikes midnight when the sudden sound of loud knocking came from the front door.
Who would pay us a visit in this ungodly hour?
Mother opens the front door to a shivering Mrs. Juanita, our lovely neighbor, who now looks pale and gripped with fear, almost as if she had seen a ghost.
“Mrs. Juanita, is everything alright?” Mother cautiously asks our tiny, frail neighbor who appeared visibly trembling in cold sweat.
Our neighbor rubbed her trembling hands to keep warm from the sudden chilly breeze that brushed past her tiny frame. “I was – I was,” she gulped nervously. “I was in the kitchen closing up,” she paused to take a deep breath, “and I stepped out for a second in the backyard and I saw – this – this – this man – peering into my kitchen.”
Mother attempts to downplay her tone of questioning and remain calm so as to not appear alarmed although she could have sworn her heart did a mini back flip.
“I know for sure that it was not one of your well-behaved children but I thought – I would just let you know, if you knew who that man was”, Mrs. Juanita paused to take in a deep breath, “especially since he was climbing on your tree – y’know, from your compound.”
A sudden expression of deep concern flashed through Mother’s eyes as she thanked our neighbor and reassured her that she will notify the police immediately and pass on the message to our other neighbors.
As Mother sent a slightly more calm Mrs. Juanita back to her home, the family decides to pitch in with the other neighbors to figure out what exactly has been going on around our neighborhood backyards. Apparently two recent robberies have occurred and it appears that our wooden picket fence has a hole the size that could fit a grown man to have an easy access into our neighbor’s home – the one that got robbed a few months ago.
Prayer, time, the police and most likely with the assistance of the neighborhood watch, we would be able to zero in on our prime suspect.
The Christmas holidays is a lot of fun especially when its summer and you’re tempted to hang out with the family and friends all day at the beach. But it would be a much safer option to considerably keep in mind the safety and protection of the family valuables and property. Lock it up properly and notify neighbors you trust, family members even the police that you will be away from home for a longer period of time like a family vacation.
Stay safe this Christmas holiday!
Peace and love,
~Marama Vaka Buiniga~