Lesson Learned the Hard Way by cdonohoue

Lesson Learned the Hard Way


I have learned a heck of a tough lesson today. I was going to Kennedy Heights this morning for a class and when I got there found that it was cancelled. There was a little bit of light so I decided to go down to the Grove before it rained. I was first out of the car shooting some tulips on a hillside right before the underpass on the main road. This young man and woman were walking towards me, but when I got in my car they started staring at the underpass and turned around. I remember thinking that is was just odd enough that I wondered if they had forgotten where they parked. I drove up to the civil war soldier and parked the car to shoot the soldier and the tulips. I was about 15 feet away from my car. There are signs all over the place to lock your car, but I thought I'd only be a couple of minutes and I grabbed the camera and got out of the car leaving my purse. Now you know where this is going. I was about 15 feet away from my car and while my back was turned somebody opened the car door and took my purse.

I got back in my car and pushed the button and the car wouldn't start. I couldn't figure it out. I thought I had car trouble. Then it occurred to me that the key wasn't in the car. After sitting there and crying for a bit I walked to the office. First I want to say that the Spring Grove staff could not have been nicer to me. They helped this lady that had no idea how to get ahold of her husband, he had the other key to the car, and they did it with grace. They called the police so that I could get a police report started, they helped me get to Tom, they helped me cancel credit cards.

This is going to cost a small fortune. We have to replace locks at home, car keys (the insurance that we bought when we bought the car ended in March), my Sony a6 was in my purse, my phone, and the list goes on. All of this can be replaced. They damaged my sense of security in one of my favorite places for an older woman to walk around with an expensive camera. If my hearing was better I would have heard them open the car door. If I wasn't as fixated on the tulips I would have seen them.

So now, I'm sitting here crying because the keys on my ring belonged to my folks. I can acknowledge how silly that is, but it doesn't stop the tears. Whoever took my purse took it on sacred ground. They must have needed the little bit of cash and whatever they can sell my belongings for a lot more than I did. It is going to take a while for my sense of security to return. I'm going to have to have a long talk with my Creator.


Oh Cathy! I can't find the words to express how sorry I feel for you. I hope your get the important things back, your sense of security, your parent's keys, and your faith in people. I know that feeling of being violated takes a toll on you. Praying extra hard for you tonight!.
April 15th, 2018  
I am so sorry, Cathy. Sending you big hugs!
April 15th, 2018  
I am sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience. I hope others learn from your experience. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
April 15th, 2018  
Cathy, I can so empathize with you - I know that sense of violation that you are experiencing right now. I hope you will be gentle with yourself - sending love, prayers and huge hugs.
April 15th, 2018  
Your photo is lovely but I'm so sorry reading the text. It could happen to any of us so easily. But your appreciative comments about the people around you are so good to read and I hope it won't take too long to get the various changes made and some sense of normal in place again.
I like that you end with having a long talk with your Creator. That's a great assurance to have.....and he will know exactly how you are feeling moment by moment. Be kind to yourself. XX 💛
April 15th, 2018  
Gosh Cathy, I'm so sorry that happened to you. Thieves, criminals are very sneaky and well-trained in stealing so don't blame yourself. Sending healing prayers to you.
April 15th, 2018  
The photo is wonderful. I'm so sorry what you went through!
April 15th, 2018  
Oh this hurts my heart. I'm holding hope it all comes back.
April 15th, 2018  
Oh no. Such an awful thing to happen. You are a strong lady and will pick yourself up really soon but take some time to cry xx
April 15th, 2018  
Fantastic shot
April 15th, 2018  
Oh sweetheart, don't be hard on yourself.. the world is full of greedy people and that's their fault, not yours. Trusting and loving the world around you is not a weakness nor a mistake. I learned the same lesson when my friend's car window was broken to pinch her handbag while we walked to a green bit to feed her baby and let the children play. Broken glass everywhere and yes, a real headache for security. Don't lose your faith in people, remember when you were in need they were there. The low-life that stole from you were opportunists... it wasn't planned against you, just snatched. x Almost forgot to say what a lovely shot and feature.
April 22nd, 2018  
@filsie65 Thank you! I needed to hear that. I finally was praying for them vx. against them this morning They must have been pretty desperate. I'm glad they took the purse instead of knocking me down for the camera.
April 22nd, 2018  
What a violation. It upsets the natural order of things. I am so sorry that you had to experience this. From now on you will be so vigilant but your sense of trust has been damaged forever.
April 26th, 2018  
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