Of course, I’m the idiot for letting these people stay with me, so I guess it’s my fault, but did they have to steal my camera?
Background…my daughter has a lot of friends who are lost souls…homeless, jobless, kicked out by addicted, abusive parents. All of them are over 18, and most just needed a place to stay for a few weeks until they got back on their feet. We have let them live with us, at great inconvenience…I don’t make enough to feed my own family, and the added mouths were a definite burden. The kids kicked in what money they could, and were very grateful for a warm, safe place to crash. Most of them have remained in touch, and treat me like the mom they wish they’d had (they think I’m stable and sane!).
The last batch was my daughter’s friend, her baby and the boyfriend (not the baby’s daddy). I located a high chair, stroller, carseat, bought diapers and formula, fed them, drove them to job interviews and visitation with the baby’s daddy. When they left, the boyfriend stole my CD player and some of my son’s clothes. That was about a year ago. They just disappeared for a while, and we didn’t pursue the theft because it was a crappy $29 CD player and we didn’t find out about the clothes til later.
But now, I have discovered that my old, Olympus OM-10 SLR camera that my parents bought me before my daughter was born is missing. Not a great camera, but the only one I have, and important to me. I don’t use it often (obviously!) but I just spent $150 on it two years ago to have it fixed, and I’m not able to replace it. And I don’t have insurance. And we didn’t discover it was missing until now. And my son, who loves that camera as much as I do, is livid and out for blood.
The girl has gotten in touch with my daughter again, and claims she know nothing about the theft except that the boyfriend did it the day they moved out (he was here alone, getting the last of their stuff). The boyfriend is now in jail for beating her up, and now I am going to visit him in jail and find out what he did with the camera, in case there is a chance of recovering it.
I am so angry that I was such a fool to allow these kids free access to my home. I’m angry that they repaid my hospitality with theft, and I’m angry that I didn’t notice it was missing sooner so we could have called the police and maybe recovered it. I’m angry that this girl is working as a stripper now, and that she didn’t give that sweet baby up for adoption to a stable family (the daddy and grandma have the baby, they are often homeless too and daddy smokes pot with baby on his lap…I’d report them if I knew where they were or their real names) and I’m just…angry.
So screw you, Jesse. And be glad you are behind bars and I can’t slap your stupid, lying, thieving face.