The snow is melting and it’s time to get out on the inviting trails emerging from winter inhospitality.
So last weekend we went out on a local trail, a familiar trail. Of course I am ever mindful of the potential threats in these parts, mountain lions, bears and bobcats, ever vigilant for movement in the trees. You never know.
So I was not too concerned about the small black dog on a leash with its owner coming towards me. We passed each other, smiled, nodded in normal, friendly fashion, but then the little creature turned round , ran behind me, jumped up and sank his teeth into my leg……there was blood…….
Inevitably: “He’s never done that before”.
My feelings were: shock, anger & pain.
In writing group on Wednesday we explored this idea.
Write about a time when either something that looked like a potential threat wasn’t, or when something apparently benign took you by surprise.
What did you feel at the time? Afterwards? How did you react?
What did you learn?
It just goes to show, you cannot be sure where the threat is going to come from; it might not be lurking in the woods after all. Keep your eyes open and be safe.