When you think of the word safety, what does it mean to you? I ask this question because there’s been a minor rash of theft in our neighborhood. The most recent incident happened two houses away. Someone kicked in their basement door while they were gone Saturday. Hearing this story as a parent really freaks me out. What would I do if I encountered a stranger in my house?
If I was a single person or just married and no kid, I might handle it differently. I’d probably get physical and might try to fight the intruder. Although my rational self knows it’s very unwise to do so. A gun lover I am not so I won’t ever be reaching for a pistol. If I hear a suspicious sound, who knows what will happen.
However with a child, I don’t think I would act out. Of course, this is all theoretical. I’m really trying to work this out in my head. What makes someone feel safe? I hope it never comes down to this scenario. I’ve always felt a bit unsafe when living in a house, especially during the long winter nights. Someone could easily camp outside the house and watch our every move.
I feel like living in the city provides safety in numbers. Living out in the country is nice, but I’d think you’d be even more exposed if you didn’t have neighbors you could flag down from your front porch. I’ve lived in my share of apartments and felt extremely safe in them due to the secured entrance and the fact there’s usually only one way in.
If someone gained access to our house, I fear I might rage hardcore. Believe it or not, there’s quite a bit of rage which can reer its ugly head when I’m provoked. I hope like hell I never have to display that side of me as it’s not pretty and could be dangerous for all parties. I picture myself getting very overprotective of my wife and daughter.
My definition of safe is: I can leave town for a three day weekend and not tell anyone our plans. I can go for a walk after dark and not worry about my personal safety. (damn, there’s that word again: safety) I can accidentally leave a door unlocked and not panic about its status. So what does safe/safety mean to you?