Unfortunately, I have had several. The one that always comes to my mind is when It was in Junior High, n/k/a Middle school. I was in band and we had band practice at night.
There was a building in the back of Junior High that served as the music building. I had to walk, (imagine that), walk to the Junior High on foot as my father was working as a salesman and my mom didn’t drive. It was winter and right before I left the house, my Mom said “Don’t take a ride with anyone, especially our next-door neighbor named Stanley.
He was just released from prison or whatever for raping girls. I always walked in the middle of the road, so I had equal opportunity to run from anyone who might come after me. I was walking on Grove Street, in the middle of the street in an outfit that I thought looked like a guy when someone stopped in his vehicle coming toward me.
He stopped and asked if I needed a ride to band. I was carrying a case that housed my saxophone, which I always thought I would drop if I needed to. Well, considering what my parents paid for it, I held on to it for dear life. I started going across the road to get into his car when it hit me, “Who was this?”. I thought it was one of my neighbors that I babysat for. I asked him for his name and he said “This is your neighbor”. I stammered, asking, “Which neighbor?” He finally, after some hesitation said, “This is Stanley”.
I felt the blood rush to my head and stammered again, “Well this isn’t Sandy”. Stupid, I know, but I was a kid and didn’t know what to do. I started running through an alley that I didn’t even know was there, and at every intersection, he was waiting in his car. I finally got to school and played in practice. After practice, I was actually going to walk home, but when I got out, I saw my dad waiting for me.
We went directly to the police station and found out that this particular individual had been arrested for picking up a girl in Horicon and had actually raped her.
Boy, my angel was definitely looking over me, and I learned why it is important to use the buddy system.