The Bad ~ Oh dear friends, I have just experienced one of my 'Top 10 of Worst Days.' On Monday afternoon Tom was mugged on his way home from town. He had gone to buy Alice a birthday present and was followed and cornered. The culprit demanded his beloved ipod, mobile phone, wallet (complete with our front door key and address.) Thankfully he wasn't hurt but he thought the thief had a knife and was told that he would be shot or stabbed if he told the police. He duly handed everything over and came back home very shaken, shocked and angry.
For the next 36 hours we have had numerous phone calls and visits to the police station. Incredibly, the culprit was identified, caught, and is still being held in custody. Tom's belongings haven't been found (I'm sure we will never see them again) and he is devastated to lose his ipod which he had worked hard for and saved to buy. As his mother my emotions are all over the place. I feel incredible anger, not only with the culprit but with his parents for whatever is lacking in their child's life that made him think that this was acceptable behaviour. I'm also angry with society that makes it unsafe in a sleepy seaside town to walk home at 4.30 pm in the bright sunlight. But mostly I am grateful. Grateful that my beautiful boy is safe and that the police found the perpetrator. I'm trying to stay positive and think about what he will learn from this horrid experience but I feel I could cry as I re-live the scenerio everytime I close my eyes. My peace of mind has been temporarily damaged and I feel my family is vunerable.
Now to the good ~
Alice's 13th birthday was slightly overshadowed with the previous afternoon's events but she was very understanding. We all went out for dinner but were a subdued group sitting around the table.
She's 13 now, and how my baby has grown and she is turning into such a lovely young woman with a kind heart, and a ready smile from a sweet mouth that is rarely quiet (so like her Mother - the noise, not the sweetness!)
She's also very keen at singing, which the neighbours could probably confirm, and unbeknown to them they will probably be hearing her more clearly as she got High School Musical Sing Star for her birthday, complete with 2 microphones. Mmm..well a star has to start somewhere doesn't she?