well, it was dark at least.
One of the absolutely strangest experiences in this time happened a couple years ago.
It was New Year’s Eve and James and I had just returned from visiting my in-laws.
Our driveway brings us behind the house. Then we have to walk around the back of the house and around the side to get in the back door.
James and I were talking and chatting and as we stepped around the side of the house, something moved in the shadows.
I was completely horrified to see a man standing in my backyard and I couldn’t even grab James or scream. Whoever this was had opened my gate and walked into the backyard to stand in the dark.
The shadow stepped closer. He was wearing an Abercrombie & Fitch jacket, and all I could think was he didn’t belong in my yard.
He asked, “Is Lee home?” and as he moved I could see a badge.
I grabbed James, and said, “No! He doesn’t live here he’s incarcerated.”
He said he wanted to give him a sobriety test.
Well, I was so frightened that I shouted, “That’s not normal to be standing in someone’s shadows! What are you doing? He’s in jail! He doesn’t even live here.”
He apologized and I think that he may have thought that I was a crazy lady. To this day, I still don’t understand how they didn’t know where he was.
What kind of system is this anyway? If they don’t know that an individual is in their custody, I don’t know who is supposed to know!
I wasn’t pleased about the Abercrombie jacket either. If he had been in uniform, I probably would have been less frightened when I saw him.
He apologized again and left. I went inside and cried my eyes out.
The shock and fright were almost more than I could take. I cried too because I wished Lee had been home to take the test.
What a way to start a new year.