Friday, October 30, 2015
Who Is Asking?
Although it is my daughter's birthday today I write my post as much in advance as I can. This seems like a perfect Halloween story. I think.
I called my daughter to wish her Happy Birthday. She is the baby and she is now 42 years old. That makes me an old woman.
I asked her what was new with everyone at her house. I did not expect what I heard.
My oldest granddaughter got a phone call this morning. When she answered the phone a man said, "Hi," and asked her how she was.
Not knowing for sure who was calling she cautiously told him she was fine. He then began asking questions about other members of the family. Because she did not recognize his voice she would not give any information.
He tried to be persistent. Finally she told him that she had to leave for work and could talk no more. He asked her if she always worked on Saturday and wanted to know where she works. She hung up.
Later in the morning at about 9:00 my son answered a knock at his door. He is my youngest son and the father of my oldest granddaughter. The man at the door wanted to know where someone with the name of my daughter lives.
My son told him he did not know anyone by that name. The man tried to explain that my daughter owned a piece of property that he was interested in purchasing. My son insisted that he did not know her.
The man said that he worked on cars and wanted to have a place to open a repair shop. He had several small children and he just wanted to have a business so he could support them.
The man had an address where my daughter and her family used to live. He had driven by there and the house was empty. He really needed to know where she lived or at least how he could reach her.
My son told him again that he did not know her. Finally the man left.
My granddaughter and my son both called my daughter to tell her what happened. They had a chuckle about it.
All throughout the day the man called and texted my granddaughter. She did not answer him.
Since it was her birthday my daughter took the day off work. They watched old movies on TV all day. She was on her way upstairs when there was a knock at the door.
My daughter was slightly annoyed because she thought maybe my grandson had ordered a pizza as he had been threatening to do all afternoon. After all it was her birthday and they were goiung out to dinner.
My grandson answered the door. There stood a man asking for my daughter. Before my grandson could say anything my daughter said, "There is no one here by that name."
The man was very forceful and bordering on rude insisting that he knew she was there. He asked about all her brothers and me. He knew all the names.
My daughter is tiny but she grew up with three big (and large) brothers who always made sure nobody bothered her. As a result she still thinks she is invincible. She stands right up to anybody and runs her mouth truly believing that she cannot be hurt. So far she has been lucky.
She was at the door ready to toss the guy off her property. She turned slightly to the side. My daughter carries a gun (legally) and it was at her side near her waist. The man quickly backed up and became so polite. She thinks he must have seen her gun.
My grandchildrens' father had gone to get information on the car the man was driving. He parked in the driveway of the empty house next door. It had no license plate.
So my daughter was telling me all of this as I wished her a happy birthday. I was shocked.
I asked if she had called the police. No. Had any of them called the police? No.
I explained in my most patient mother-voice that they needed to let the police in each city they live in know what happened. Even if the man has good intentions he has way too much access to where people are.
My granddaughter has two toddlers and she is not much bigger than my daughter. Her home may not be safe.
My son has three toddler granddaughters who spend a lot of time at his house. He and his wife live in the country. His home may not be safe. And we know that the man knows where it is.
My daughter has two children at home. They are both almost grown but they are not grown. Her home is not safe either.
I hope they all alerted their police departments. I am sure none of them did. So now I will worry.