We discovered another robbery -- apparently something that happened a couple weeks ago -- of all hte gift cards that were left from Christmas and my hospitalization. It is just so annoying. Added another person to the list of people who have stolen from us in 2010. It brought back all the crappy feelings of last weekend again. THere is really nothing to stop them except us being very careful. ANd I really am not interested in doing much with or for them right now.
There is another unbloggable situation that is also making me feel used and manipulated and sorry for myself. But my degree of frustration is much lower than it has been in the past. I think I just have unfortunately gotten used to being used and mistreated. I look at other families like ours who have it so much worse and I am reluctant to whine.
We talked about planning an event for those who have never stolen from us and we think the number is down to two or three kids who have never stolen from us, depending on your definition of stealing. The list of those who have directly taken money from us is long enough, but if you consider those who have spent money others have stolen, etc.,, it's a really small list of those kids we can trust.
Bart and I both hate living like this and we want to run away. Unfortunately that isn't a possibility right now.
I'm wondering what percentage of kids who are adopted as older children steal from their parents, so I'm doing an anonymous poll on my blog to get an idea. Please participate.