Monday, December 22, 2008

Day 356: Another Ornament

I just can't resist posting more photos of ornaments, now that we have our tree up!

And since I was asked to elaborate on item #2 yesterday, I will! (Not much arm-twisting there!) It was way back in the 70s when I was in my earl 20s and there were suicide hotlines, and we'd actually go out and see people in person. I took a call, thought I should have my partner and police back-up. We got to a hotel room, I knocked on the door, heard a muffled sound, and walked into the room. I saw this man standing there, holding a knife to his throat, covered in blood. Without thinking, I walked up to him and said something really inane like, "Oh, you hurt yourself," and held out my hand for the knife. So he handed it to me. I turned around, EXPECTING TO SEE BACKUP, like my partner, and the police. But no! These boy types, had simply put their hands on their frickin- guns and backed away to safety down the hall once I opened the door and walked in. I had to walk to the doorway, holding the icky knife and call them, and THEN they stormed the room and tackled the poor guy. Yeah. . . . not something I'd probaby do again or want my kids to do.

Isn't it funny how memory collapses and expands time; one minute you're young and dealing with crazy risk-taking, the next you're middle aged and thinking about CS3 and camera raw exposure levels?

14 comments:

Sharon said...

Cute ornament!

pat said...

Love the ornament--and your list cracked me up!

Becky said...

Awesome focus in this shot, and it's such a cute ornament. I can't resist posting my ornaments either! Thanks for elaborating on your story. I have to admit I've never been much of a risk taker, even when young.

Suzy said...

Thanks for elaborating. You saved someone! WOW! I hope I would have been as brave.

Rachael said...

Great shot of such a cute ornament!

Nicole said...

What a darling ornament.

Margaret said...

Love your ornament. You have had some incredible adventures in your life!

Michelle said...

Your ornaments are beautiful. And your list is fascinating reading--glad it all turned out ok.

Reds said...

Beautiful ornament! And what a story! TFS!

Jeanne said...

Love the ornament...such a great photo. And WOW on your story about what happened. It's amazing what we will do when we are young and don't think things through. I applaud you for helping, but oh boy, you were so very lucky!

Dawn said...

Happy and Healty and Safe holidays to you and your family!!!
Boston Dawn

Lori said...

What a sweet ornament!!!

Bobbi said...

Gorgeous ornament. You are such a brave person!

Carol said...

You have amazing stories to tell about your life!

I love all your ornaments but I think this would be one of my favourite.

Have a wonderful Christmas.