I have had a semi unique up bringing. My dad is a retired police captain and my mom is a retired 911 dispatcher. Growing up I would watch police shows with my dad. We had a game for certain shows where we would compete to figure out who the killer is and what their motive was. Dad, being a police officer, pretty much won every time. I still play this game by myself when I watch those kinds of shows or movies. Its to the point I can’t watch the ID channel anymore because I know all of those crimes. It sometimes creeps Jeremy out that I know so much, especially serial killers. After watching “Gone Girl” he promised to NEVER cheat on me because he knows I can pull of the same thing if I wanted to.
I use those skills I learned from my dad in everyday ways. Its what made me an awesome nanny. I was able to solve two break in rings in the neighborhoods that I worked in. One was two guys that would go door to door selling meat but if no one answered the door they would break in. They knocked on the door of the house I was nannying at. I knew of the break ins and they seemed suspicious. I mean who sells meat out of a cooler in the back of the van. I figured I had to get more info. I explained to the guy that I was the nanny but my bosses would probably like them to come back later for some meat hoping he would give me his number. When that didn’t work I started flirting with his friend. Not only did he ask me out but I got his number and he let me take his photo for the I’d picature for when he would call me to set up the date. After they left I called the police and gave them the info and forwarded the photo. They were caught within a week.
The second family I worked for was in a new housing development. There were still new homes being constructed. It was taking longer than normal to build them because someone was stealing copper wiring at night. The neighborhood had a security guard but he never caught anyone doing anything. I was the one to notice that every evening about an hour after the construction workers left, a grey van similar to their vans would drive back into the neighborhood and go to an under construction home for about thirty minutes and then drive away before the security guard would show up. I took down a description of the van and its plates while playing with the kids outside one day. I sent it to the home owners association office the next morning. Turns out that van belonged to the people stealing the copper wiring.
I mention these to show that I pick up on things that don’t seem right. I follow my hunch and usually I’m right. Sometimes I can’t get people to understand when things bother me. Like last night when Jeremy and I went to the mall. It was raining and he wanted to get inside quickly. I was standing by the car trying to get a picture of the flags at half mast when I noticed a stroller by a car. No one was in the car from what I could tell. I stood there for a moment because something felt off. Jeremy wanted to go inside and was walking away. I went to the stroller. There was no kid inside of it but there was a drink on top and it still had ice in it so who ever left there it was recent. I looked in the car but the car didn’t have a car seat. The way the stroller was parked it would have been hit if someone had parked in that space.
I walked into Barnes And Nobles and had a sales associate call mall security. Mall security came out and immediately said it was just a tired mom who left it. I’m hoping that was all that happened it in my mind I can’t help thinking something worse. It really bothered me that noone else thought it was odd. It was a really nice stroller and it looked fairly new. How do you just leave a stroller some where? I hope the owner is safe and my mind is just hyperactive.