The Charleston Police Department reacted quickly and kindly. They didn't lecture me when I told them how the burglars likely entered.
I wish they had. A scolding would have eased the pain.
Actually, they provided solace. Two days after the incident, I was informed of my neighbor's photos and the department's follow-up. A detective had located suspects and questioned them.
We're told arrests remain pending because related crimes are under investigation.
I don't cling to hope that our stuff will be returned, but I have salvaged some joy.
My sweet daughter started buying and loaning me jewelry right away, and she and her husband helped me select and set up a new laptop. My co-workers took up a collection and bought me a pretty necklace.
We had some insurance coverage, and the company has been sympathetic and easy to deal with.
I focused on changing habits - making sure that doors stay locked and that precious data on the computer is both secure and backed up.
There's something else. Going forward, I want to be like the heroine I have yet to meet in my neighborhood.
If I had seen those strangers carrying the TV that day, would I have bothered to stop and do what she did?
I can't be sure.
This experience illustrated the value of neighbors looking out for each other.
Since then I have been watching for opportunities, but I'm still waiting for my Nancy Drew moment.
So far I have returned a wandering dog to its owner and stopped my car in the middle of the street to rush to the aid of a large bird.
With magnificent wings expanded, it was standing by the side of the road in what looked like a stunned state. As I approached, it flew away. That was a relief. What would I have done with it?
When something looks wrong, there's usually something that can be done.
Even if it's just take a picture and make a call.
Friend is editor and publisher of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-5124 or nan...@dailymail.com.