NE COOL, BRISK AUTUMN AFTERNOON I decided
to go for a long walk, enjoy the beautiful day and clear my mind
of everyday worries. It was a stressful time in my life, and I thought
the walk would do me good. The sun had begun to set and dusk was
arriving. I was thoroughly enjoying the view of spectacular houses
along a beautiful tree-lined street.
As I approached a street corner, I noticed a young man with sunglasses
and a hooded sweatshirt, pacing back and forth. He would walk out
toward the street, then back to the corner. I continued my brisk
walk and passed the young man as he continued to pace. When I got
about ten feet past him, he turned and started following me, quickly
closing distance between us.
did not know if this young man’s intentions were harmful or
not, but his fast pace towards me alarmed me. I kept walking briskly
down the sidewalk, wondering what my next move would be if he did
get too close to me. As my mind raced, a wonderful large, golden-colored
dog, with a big friendly smile and wagging tail, came running toward
me from the opposite direction. I was thinking, “This is greatI
have a would-be mugger behind me and a possible attack dog in front
of me.” I started saying “Hello, fella,” to the
dog and he slowed his pace, walked right up to me and placed his
head under my hand.
He acted as if he had always known me and we stood there as I scratched
his ears and lovingly patted his head. His presence made me feel
safe. I turned to see where the young man was. He looked at us,
stopped and then turned down another street. I kneeled down to hug
my knight-in-golden-armor and thanked him for coming along when
he did. I told him I had to be on my way and said goodbye.
I took a few steps and then turned to look back at my hero one last
time, but the dog was nowhere in sight. He had vanished as quickly
as he appeared.
I will always believe he was a guardian angel who rescued me in
my time of need.
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital