There have been seven so far. And with every one, they creep a little closer to my house. No one has been hurt. Well at least physically, but everyone’s sense of stability and safety has been damaged. There is an arsonist in my neighborhood.
We moved to our city from Chicago. Evanston to be exact and we lived in a nasty neighborhood. A nice street in a nasty neighborhood. We didn’t walk much, always kept our wits about us if we came home late at night and got used to sirens in the night. But here, we live in a neighborhood marked by kids playing in the street, old ladies walking their dogs and local college students walking home from school.
Admittedly the neighborhood directly south of my house is dotted with lower rent duplexes and apartments and that is where the fires began. And so although, we were shocked, it didn’t really seem like it was “my neighborhood”. It was concerning, but I didn’t really feel that affected. And then after 6 fires, there was a 17 day lull. So although we still slept with the window open, we were sleeping rather peacefully.
But then another fire. This one much closer than the ones before. Literally five houses from a friend of mine. Sirens in the middle of the night. News trucks in the middle of the day. Emails from the neighborhood watch telling us to be even more vigilant. We have been lighting up the outside of our house every night, but today we installed a smoke detector in the garage and put a baby monitor out there. Oh and did I mention that all of the fires have taken place in garages and the hubby and my bedroom is right above the garage?
So we are walking the line of not letting our young children know what is going on, but making sure they know what to do in a fire. And walking the line of not living in fear, but being prepared. It is a tricky line, but one that is necessary or we would go insane with “what ifs”. So if you are a praying soul, will you pray for our neighborhood? Pray that this disturbed individual would either change his ways of be caught. Pray that no one will get hurt. And specifically pray for our family’s safety.
I will definitely keep you all posted. And thank you.