Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our luck turns for the worse

We were having a lovely day in Seattle - visiting circus schools, exploring Pike Place Market, enjoying a blue-sky spring afternoon - when the universe decided we'd had more than our share of good fortune this week.  We returned to our car to find the side window smashed, and two backpacks missing - Greg's, and Baz's.

Baz's losses amount to a handful of library books, some Mad Libs, a yo-yo, and a bag of jellybeans.

Greg, on the other hand, was carrying our 5 passports (3 brand-new, issued the previous day), the children's original embossed birth certificates, their social security numbers, and various supporting documents.  Plus a Cirque jacket and an iPad.

The loss of the passports is hitting us the hardest.  We had driven to Seattle specifically because we are short on time - we have to be in Vancouver in two weeks.  Now we have much bigger hurdles to overcome - trying to get kids' birth certificates replaced, paying record-finding fees and additional rush fees and notarization fees, etc. etc. - we'll have to make another trip to Seattle (after we replace the car glass).  I have to file stolen passport forms, and hunt down my marriage license, and get more passport photos taken.  It's going to cost a lot of money, time, and stress.

The children all cried - I think they feel scared, touched suddenly by crime, and worried about all the problems this is causing me and Greg.

In the middle of our frustration this afternoon, we had one moment that was a gift.  We pulled into the Elephant Car Wash (pictured in my last post), where we'd heard they had big vacuums, to attempt to clean all of the glass fragments out of the car.  We told the attendant we'd had our window smashed, and immediately he said "right over there, we'll vacuum it all out for you, free of charge."  Three guys set to work, vacuuming out every inch of the car's interior, and telling us they were sorry for the incident.  They located some plastic and duct tape for the window for us, and sent us on our way in much better shape - and feeling much renewed in our faith in humanity.

On the way home, we reflected on how much worse it could have been.  My laptop - which holds the entirety of my work and personal life (thousands of photos and videos of the children), and is not adequately backed-up - was left untouched.  We still have our cell phones and wallets, and the car is not permanently damaged.  That's the biggest thing I realized - that we will have, ahead of us, a couple of weeks of stress and difficulty and expense.  But we are all OK.  All 5 of us are still healthy and well and can do all of the things we need to do.  This is just a bump in the road.


  1. Oh Shana, I'm so sorry that happened. Random crime is a very scary and shocking thing, and I can only imagine how you feel. Wish I could help, but I'm glad you found the silver lining.

  2. I read your first Seattle post yesterday and loved it - even googled the sizes of Portland & Seattle because you got me thinking about it. So I was sad to read this post this morning - what an unfortunate turn of events for all of you. Like you said - a bump in the road... but one that will need time and money to get over :-( Glad the family is all well! and hooray for the employees at Elephant Car Wash :-)

  3. I'm so sorry to hear this! Crime is such a heart breaking thing. Hopefully a little time has made this easier to bear.