Perhaps I will sit here a while and contemplate the odd event I experienced today.
It occurs to me that it is symptomatic of the ever more prevalent display of alienation between people, and a stance to guard ones territory.
I decided that a little stroll with the dogs at a near by lake, could relieve a slight fever and brighten my mood.
This lake is hardly on the map, not sought by many due to lack of the usual modern commodities. Boat landing, beach, paths, but it is protected due to
a rare plant species.
So for more than seven years I have made it an all most daily goal, year round. I know every being that inhabits it, I know its water is sweet and
luxuriously soft when deep enough to swim in. As this year.
Down the line I have only encountered a few people, all ways friendly, apart from the idiots that eradicated the musk rats. There are two paths down,
one on each side of the lake. One side is over grown with poison ivy so I use the other.
It has a small but convenient parking area, grass and sand, and the path can only be accessed through a narrow corner.
I drove up seeing a big truck parked with a German short hair in the bed. An enchanting little red head girl is standing by it, as her parents are
viewing the lake with a lens of sorts.
"Wonderful" I think, my eyesight is off so I can ask them what they are viewing.
Parked I leave the dogs in the van, and walk over, the 'male' approaches me and I smiling say Hello and assure him I wont let the dogs out.
Mind you they have blocked the whole access area and their dog is unleashed. This is a public place. State National Area.
I am still smiling and ask what they are viewing since I come here every day and am curious not being able to see too well.
He hasn't said a word, I look at his 'mate' obviously pregnant, she smiles and waves.
But before I can wave back he has snatched the child up, 15 feet away from me, holds her in a tight grip and assumes a very aggressive stance. Stares
at me with a frown and opens the truck door.
I swear I could smell his aggression.
Putting my hands up I retreated backwards, maintained eye contact while I repeated " I am backing off" several times and then I ran to the van.
Pardon the long description.
First I was scared s###less then I was furious, and then sad.
Did he think I would take his child? Why didn't he have the courtesy to return a normal "Good Morning" greeting? Did he think he could block access to
the whole 100 acres?
I couldn't go down with out walking through thick brush and brambles. And his dog was loose, albeit in the bed.
Did I look threatening with my grey blond hair bun, relaxed walking clothes?
Was he grabbing for a weapon?
Angry. This is a public area and he completely blocked access and threatened me.
Furious. Why was I such a coward? Why didn't I stand my ground?
Sad. What made him ignore my greeting as human to human? Why here, this little sanctuary?
They looked so normal. A nice truck, nicely dressed.
I will sit here for a while, to calm my emotions.
edit on 11-8-2017 by WalkInSilence because: letter