Dearest Dirt Bag-
This morning, you thought you would try to take from us. You messed with the wrong family. See, we've been through a thing or two. We are not made of sticks or straw. We are built brick upon brick. Our home might be made of wood, but it's not going to blow down from people like you who think you can huff and puff and take from us. We are built upon a solid foundation. We work hard. We don't have very much, but what we do have is each other and you - nor anyone else - can take that from us.
We have taught our children about right and wrong. We have taught them about people like you, who think you can live your life by taking from others. We have taught our children that if they want something, they have to WORK for it. We have taught them that taking from others is wrong. We discipline our children for doing what you tried to do this morning. It might not happen today, and it might not happen tomorrow - but your consequences will come. I wonder how people like you can sleep at night, knowing that you are not only breaking the law, but breaking people's trust, people's sense of safety, and people's sense of freedom. How dare you! How dare you come onto our property and try to take from us! How dare you make our children feel uneasy and unsafe! How dare you make my husband worry even more about his family! How dare you scare our autistic son and make him start his day feeling like he is in a storm! How dare you think that you don't have to go out and work for what you need! How dare you think that what you are doing is acceptable! It's not. Shame on you for thinking that you are entitled to what other people have.
One more thing, Mr. Dirt Bag - allow me to remind you what I remind my children of all of the time. Just because you don't think anyone saw you, just because you don't think anyone caught you - our Heavenly Father is always watching. He knows. If you need something, ask. If you need something so badly that you think you need to take, knock on a door and ask. The answer might not be yes, but at least you're going about it the right away. I'm pretty sure McDonalds is hiring. Walmart is hiring. Several places are looking for seasonal help. Go and make something of your life. Be the person you were meant to be. Work hard. It will make you feel good about yourself!
I was reminded this morning that I don't live in Mayberry! Doors and windows will be locked at all times now. Thank you for that reminder. It aint Mayberry, but it's my home where my family lives, where we are sheltered from the evils of the world, where we learn and grow and laugh and cry and sleep and eat and play and wrestle and study and pray. It's my Mayberry and you can't take that away from us.