Sunday, December 14, 2008
This is their home. They are the neighbors directly across the street from me. They are Harold and Katie and have been married for 65 years. We have lived across the street from them for 32 years. We have been neighborly friends. You know, we look out for each other's homes, making sure no strangers are lurking around. We get their mail when they are away. We know where they hide the key.
Today is Sunday. This morning Terry was in the back garage and heard a bad sound. He finally realized that someone was being attacked by a dog. He ran through the house telling me to call 911. Katie was being attacked by a dog. She was on the ground in her drive way. The dog ran off when Terry got there. Katie's neighbor that owns the dog, let it back into her house. I called Terry on his cell phone to give him the instructions the medic on my phone line was giving me to tell him. The ambulance was one the way. When I could, I went across the street. Katie was in the dining room with her leg up. Another neighbor who came to help was compressing the wound, as I had been instructed to tell him. Katie was shaking like a leaf. I held her, telling her all would be OK and an abulance was on the way. The paramedics came. When they started asking questions, Katie's husband was slow to answer. I felt compelled to tell the paramedic standing next to me that Harold had been a General in WWII. That he was a retired chemist from a local factory. I wanted him to understand that Harold was one of the smartest people I know. But sadly what we had been noticing over the last couple of years really hit home. For lack of another description, Katie and Harold were getting old.
It broke my heart when Katie told Harold "I am so glad this didn't happen to you". They have the same love, honor and respect for each other that Terry and I have for each other. That is the exact same thought I would have had this had happened to me. That's the kind of love that keeps people in love with each other after 65 years.
Posted by Carol- Beads and Birds at 11:53 AM