When my daughter told me that she wanted to go to school in another city, I looked into what the prices for getting ADT in Knoxville would be for her apartment. We are from a small town, and I had heard so many stories about crime in larger cities. My daughter doesn’t think about these things, but she is my only child, and I wanted to keep her safe because that’s my job and she means everything to me. She teased me at first when I told her about my plans, but she is grateful that I was diligent after she got her own place there and someone tried to break in only one week later.
My daughter’s father ditched the two of us when our daughter was still a baby. The hardest thing I have ever done in my life is to be a single mother. It took years to get the child support that he owed us, so it was my duty to get a job and try to take care of her at the same time. It was tough, and I was afraid that being a single mom would force me to live in poverty for the next 18 years. However, I worked hard, and my mom and sister helped me out when needed. I think that I am so protective of my child because I’ve been on my own for so long.
When my daughter told me she wanted to move to Knoxville, it hit me like a ton of bricks. She’s stubborn, and there was nothing I could do. Within 3 days of moving her into the apartment, I went back home. Days later, she called me crying and told me that someone tried to break in the night before. Someone smashed a window to try to get in, and that set off the alarm that I paid to have installed before I went home. The intruder ran away and she then called the police. That security system kept her safe!