Friday, April 19, 2013
Ok I'm apparently going to post 2 blogs today. The 17th it was storming and it was the first real storm that I had worked at my job cleaning the school/daycare. I work there alone at night so it was a bit creepy but nothing I couldn't handle.
So I was walking down the hallway and I noticed that outside the door (that I always keep locked) was very, very dark. I mean, unusually dark. But I thought to myself, "You walk in the light of Jesus so you don't have to fear the dark. You're just being paranoid." That was apparently God trying to warn me of what was coming.
A bit later I was near the janitor's closet, pretty far from the door, when someone started to jiggle it pretty hard. I looked up and saw that it was a man and I assumed that it was the only guy that worked there, the maintenance man. I figured that he was just coming to check something out because of the storm and I thought I'd be nice and let him in. So I went to do that.
Right as I opened the door I remembered that the maintenance man would never be in town this late. I came face-to-face with a stranger in the same second. So here I am, face-to-face with a man in his 60's, in the middle of a loud thunderstorm, at like 9:30 at night...
I remembered a segment that I had just watched on Rachel Ray's show on self defense and the first thing they said was to be rude so that you aren't emotionally involved in the situation and so that you're in control. So I demanded to know why he was there.
He preceded to tell me that there was a tree down (which proved to be true) but it was no where near where I was. He said he just wanted to warn me. I said thanks and shut the door as he backed away. I thank God that nothing more happened.
I was shaken because the guy had acted so oddly so I called my mom who convinced me to call the police for a little more patrol. I also left a note for my boss in case any of the other ladies that worked there worked late alone. Since then I've been thinking of more things to do to keep myself safe while I'm there alone.
First thing is that I always call my mom and make sure to stay aware of my surroundings when I'm taking the garbage out and when I leave. I'm also making sure to pull the shades at the school when I get there and make sure all the windows are closed and locked. This way no one can see where I am or that I'm alone and no one can get in. I'm keeping all the doors locked as well and NOT opening them for anyone EVER again. Also, I don't EVER, EVER post on social media where I work or when I'm working.
Does anyone else have any suggestions on keeping safe while I'm working alone? Anything that you guys come up with could really help me a lot. Thank you all so much!