An Inconvenient Truth

by DavalosMcCormack on March 14, 2008

A few days ago we were robbed, burgled I suppose would be the more technically accurate way of describing it, but somehow it felt more personal than that. Someone came into our home, took things that belonged to us, and left.

They were very nice, as burglars go. They didn’t cause any damage or leave the apartment in a mess. Nothing was trashed or even disturbed. In fact, it took us a few minutes to even realize we had been robbed. It was only when we discovered that our computer was missing, both our laptop computers actually, that we understood what had happened.

The immediate aftermath of something like that is rather surreal. There’s a sense of vulnerability, of loss, of shock, of anger. You want to do something to hurt the person who took your stuff (and thanks for the advice Chris but I don’t think we’ll be getting a gun). Friends rally around, offer sympathy, words of support and encouragement.

But the thing that helped us most was when one of our friends said “what a tragedy”. We were having dinner with him, just after visiting another friend of ours who is bedridden with multiple sclerosis.

We realized that having your computer stolen is an inconvenience. Having MS is a tragedy. Having your computer stolen is a pain in the butt. You have lots of information on it, lots of data, lots of stuff. But ultimately you can piece that back together somehow. And because we have insurance we can pay for a new computer. A week or so from now things will be back to normal, but we’ll have a brand new computer that is faster, slicker and has more bells and whistles than our old one.

In the meantime our friend will still be bedridden, she will still have MS. In the general scheme of things, we lost very little and what we lost we can replace. She has lost so much more and still she tries to remain cheerful, tries to remain engaged. To lose that would be a real tragedy.

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