I never thought I would be grateful for a migraine. I get them a couple of times a month, and sometimes they last for several days. Anyone who has ever had even a mild migraine (if there is such a thing) will tell you they are debilitating and depressing. But on Friday, August 25th I was glad I had such a headache.
Because I was having this terrible pain, I did not want to be bothered with anything, so when the door bell rang sometime around 11:45 am, I carefully looked out the window trying not to be seen by the caller. As I did not recognize the two young men ringing my bell, I decided to just ignore it. I was certain they were trying to sell me something.
In spite of my three dogs barking their heads off in the back yard, the ringing continued for at least ten minutes. By now I was pretty darn annoyed. I started to get up to see why the persistence, when I heard them trying to open the door. I was puzzled. Just then I heard the glass on the door shatter. Instinctively I ran to the door, and when they saw me they ran.
I was shaken to say the least. I called 911 to report the intended break in. I then let one of my dogs in and paged my husband.
I called my sister and my neighbor. I was so scared I did not know whom to call. You see, this was the first time in my life that I did not answer the door. I always open and end up buying whatever the person is selling. Had I opened the door this time, I may not be here today. I would not have had the time to let my dogs in, or even reach for something to defend myself.
If it hadn't been for the migraine, I might be just a memory now. God must have been looking out for me!
I hope my experience helps you be more careful. A few weeks ago a couple of teenagers rang my door bell. As usual, I opened the door. They asked me if I had seen their ball; maybe it was in my back yard? I told them I didn't have it and they left. I am now sure they were part of the same "gang" who had their eye on my house, for whatever reason.
Some changes have been made. I will never open the door again for strangers, no matter how innocent they might look. I now always have at least one of my dogs in the house at all times. But the most important change of all is one I resisted at the beginning. On my husband's insistence I have purchased a gun and I am learning to use it. I will never be that scared again. Of course I hope and pray I will never have to use it, but as a wise woman once said, it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
If I am ever faced with the need to protect myself again, I will think of my grandfather, who was murdered in Mexico in 1947, and I will not hesitate to do whatever I need to do.
Edie J. Adler:
Edie J. Adler is a free lance writer, comediane, and a regular contributor to LatinoLA. She and her husband live with their 4 birds, four cats, and three very ferocious dogs.