I’ve been looking forward to this trip home for weeks. I’ve been excited to see our family and friends, witness our friends tie the knot, and spend some time relaxing on the lake. Of course I’ve been enjoying my time here, but it’s also been a nightmare. An absolute nightmare. Getting here was hard but being here hasn’t been much easier.
Over the course of 48 hours, two packages that were supposedly delivered to my house were missing when my house sitter went to check for them. Two. As a blogger, I receive multiple packages a week, and this has never happened to me before. We have an ADT security system, a guard dog, and a house sitter… how could this happen?! And while yes, I’m upset those packages are gone, I’m more concerned with the future. How do I move forward? How can I feel safe knowing someone so easily walked up to my house and stole the packages off my porch?
I’m not jumping to conclusions; this is the conclusion. I’ve filed claims with FedEx, had my house sitter ask my neighbors if they took my packages in for me, and even talked to the FedEx store and driver. He swears he left them right at the front door but yet no packages were there when my house sitter returned home from work. And I’m just totally distraught by this entire thing. How do I know this won’t happen again? Who would really do such a thing?
I like to think there are good people out there. And I’m sure there are way more good than bad. But right now, I’m feeling a little defeated and my confidence in that actually being true is low. Part of me is hopeful there was some misunderstanding and they’ll turn up, but the other part of me thinks this is a wake up call. That no matter where you live and how safe you think you are, you’re not.
I don’t know where to go from here. I’m going to take every precaution I can by requiring a signature, monitoring any package that’s sent to me, and making sure I’m home on the days of deliveries. But it goes beyond that… how do I feel safe when I thought I was already taking every precaution I could? Maybe I can’t. And that my friends is a tough pill to swallow.