Stealing from a special needs family: update 6


I spoke with the total loss department at State Farm this afternoon.  The only thing we don’t know for sure at this point is whether or not they will take into account all the repairs we had done this year.

I have all the paperwork and I will send it back on Monday.  They will then overnight the check.

I was also informed that they will be pulling the rental car on Wednesday of next week,  so I’m kinda under the gun.

Elliott,  Gavin and I stopped by Downtown Ford on the way home from school today.  We needed to collect our personal belongings from the van.

Elliott is very clearly struggling with this because he spent much of the time crying. He really liked that van and is devastated that he will never see it again.

This is the part of this whole mess that really makes me angry. We had enough to worry about without having to buy a new van.  Even worse is the impact those thieves choice has had on my family,  especially the boys.  That’s what really pisses me off.

All I have been able to do thus far is try to reassure them that Daddy will make everything better and they have nothing to worry about.

Elliott is now hiding some of his things because he doesn’t want them to come back and steal his stuff.  Heartbreaking,  and as my boys are Autistic,  they tend to hang on to these experiences for a much longer time then they might otherwise. 

They also generalize a whole lot as well. Because the van was stolen,  they now fear everything is going to be stolen as well.

This is going to take awhile to recover from,  in more ways than one.

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Silachan

Is there any way that you can engage the boys in 'personalizing' whatever van/car you guys end up with in the end out of all of this? Maybe that'll help solidify the idea that this is their new vehicle, it's the family's, and it helps them in the process of getting used to the change by letting them add their touch to it. Whether that be stickers of some sort inside, a bumper sticker, etc. Just a little thought. -hugs-

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