May 8, 2015.
My purse was taken.
It was just beside my feet,
on the floor possibly on the
other side of the post of the
I felt so stupid.
I heard that people had had
this happen before at the library.
I was not able to pinpoint how
or when it happened.
Blogging in the computer room.
There were no familiar faces.
There was a crowd of people.
I quickly used the landline,
free of charge to library clients.
I called my dear friend, Jenny.
Told her my youngest daughter’s
cell phone number.
We had plans to meet at Verita’s.
I would be late, delayed
by specific circumstances.
When the nice bicycle cop arrived,
the library doors had been locked.
The library security guard had been
talking to me, busily jotting down notes.
I was trying to breathe deeply and not
be a ‘cry baby.’
The library security guard told me there
have been thefts of purses, while women
were looking at books on a shelf, their
back turned. There have been wallets
taken which were set on the computer or
on the copy machine while change was
Officer Sean Franks, after he completed
the report gave me my Case Number.
He calls it, “Case # 15-943”
“The Case of the Stolen Purse.”
There are surveillance cameras so the
thief or thieves will be ‘found.’
When the car came by with Felicia and
her friend, Jonida, I told them I would be
The young bicycle cop, Sean, let me know
he felt my daughter was attractive.
He is a caring and sympathetic man.
I thanked him.
I was able to get the whole report finished
and joined the trio of party-goers at Veritas.
Jerry is Felicia and Jonida’s
(who I have been writing Yonida, since this is
how you pronounce her Albanian name)
partner in their Better Blends business.
We were planning on drinks and appetizers.
Delicious, beautiful presentations.
I could not concentrate.
So much to do.
I would meet back up with them,
promising and apologizing,
at the Solar Bar to listen to
beautiful songster, lyricist and true local
I knocked on my landlord’s door.
He allowed me to sit and call the different
credit card companies, which I had written
into my poinsettia-decorated Christmas
Do this, do this now!
Pete offered me a beer and told me his wife
Nancy was out picking up a pizza.
Even my family cell phone numbers needed
to be consulted.
I left messages/voicemails on three phones.
No one answers to
unrecognizable phone calls.
I drove out to Kohl’s before their doors
closed at 9 p.m.
Replacement Card will be in the mail.
While I listened to Morgan’s beautiful voice
singing her original music, I started to relax.
As I watched Andrew Shaw pound on the
keyboard, while singing “Sitting on the Dock
of the Bay” and “Stand by Me,” I felt okay.
I walked home to my apartment and almost
didn’t want to turn the lights on.
I just wanted to crawl in between my sheets.
No, follow my regular routines.
I had to ‘set’ my radio alarm clock.
No cell phone with its catchy little tune
would be awakening me.
As I brushed my teeth, scrubbed my face
and prepared to go to bed,
I realized this is kind of ‘self-absorbed’
to be melancholy over a purse and its
I closed my eyes and tried to go through
all the different images of the two hours
I was in the library blogging.
There had been a few sneezes.
There had been an exchange between
a married couple from one location to
The teens were not the ‘regulars.’
The adults had not included ones I am
familiar with, first name basis.
No Jessie, Charles, Jonathan, Tricia or
Mike from second shift at Advance Auto.
There had been a stroller, with a young man
who had leaned over to look into the face of
his baby. I had seen the couple but did not
know them either.
I could not with my eyes shut, looking at the
film in my mind, see anyone directly coming
over to my area, leaning down to put the
purse on their shoulder.
I eventually fell into a restless sleep.
May 9, 2015.
I woke up to hear the song,
“Fight Song” being sung by
This suited me and caused
me to leave it on, as I made
I would drink coffee, eat my
breakfast and follow a
Plan of Action.
Go to Chase Bank on
South Sandusky Street
and talk to Lisa, Bank Manager.
Ask her suggestion about
carrying cash or checks for
the next week, until new VISA
debit card arrives in mail.
Everyone was so kind there.
Go to Rte. 23 and travel north.
Head towards the Bureau of
Get in line with long group of
Saturday morning people who
need Driver’s License, Boat
license, new tags and chat with
a nice, neighborly woman.
She told me she lives out in the
country down by Lewis Center
with two sons, ages 25 and 28.
This was a good conversation
comparing ‘country life’ to the
small town of Delaware, Ohio.
She felt that she ‘is safe from
crime’ where she lives.
She may be wearing my
which I threw down or lost
Check was for $25.50.
I included a dollar for organ
I asked to make sure if I were
still an organ donor, which someone
had told me I would have to go online
to renew this and they could not just
do this by word of mouth.
That person was misinformed.
Go to the library and check with the
day security guard to make sure he
was aware of recently completed purse
theft report. He went into the office and
returned, telling me the report would go
to the library director. Not to worry.
Write my family members a group email
which informed them I would not be able
to answer cell phone nor text until new
phone is purchased. Not sure if this will
be today. I am a little bit dragging my feet
on this step.
Let my fellow bloggers know so they may
learn to carry back up lists of phone numbers
and not in their wallets or purses.
Need them to be in your car or at home, in
an address book. I know there are so many
doctor, work, and other phone numbers I
will be sad that I didn’t have an upgraded
cell phone connected to that nebulous
“Cloud” everyone refers to.
I got a funny movie, “St. Vincent” off the
Boomerang Shelf at the library.
This movie has Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy
and Naomi Watts.
This film is a 3 day loan.
I also picked up, “Begin Again,” which
I was pleasantly surprised it came up on
my “Holds” list.
I had been on a “Wait List” for weeks since my
youngest daughter liked and recommended it.
This movie has Keira Knightley, Adam Levine,
James Corden and others. I am looking forward
to this movie, which has music and relationships
All of the Steps have been accomplished.
Need a cell phone but not ready to go
through the hassle and will decide on
this later, after lunch.
There are good things going on.
This is not the end of the world.
Things could be worse.
Enjoy your weekend!
Happy Mother’s Day to all.