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Our Unexpected Dinner Guest
By Bonnie May
Monday, May 19, 2008

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This memory will live in infamy...


Our Unexpected Dinner Guest
Back in the 1980’s our home started to fall apart, while it was being repaired, my brother moved us into a little ranch home that he owned. It was so lovely there; it was on eight acres and right next to a golf course with a detention center up at the end of the street. We didn’t give that a second thought because there was a big fence around the property. 
My children were all in high school and it was close to where we lived, for the first time in their lives, they could walk to school. It was great and the kids loved it too. We even raised Rhode Island Red chickens and had the best eggs around.
One day as I was sitting in the living room with my son’s girlfriend Rhonda, just talking about everything, about nothing, we heard the back door slam shut and a young girl came running in the room which stunned us into silence.
The girl’s face was pale yet stained with blotched red cheeks like she was being chased and was very scared. She held a dark coat tightly in her arms in front of her and she reminded me of a very frightened child. Naturally, my motherly instincts kicked in and I offered her a seat and a glass of ice tea. 
As we sat there both Rhonda and I tried to calm her down and ask her point blank if someone was chasing her. When she felt more comfortable she told us, “Yes, I am being chased.” She was only a few years older than my daughter and my heart went out to her. As she talked, she began telling us about her horrific life. Beaten as a child, neglected and everything else you can think of was in her story. She said she was in the detention center up the street and they started beating her too so she ran away. 
I had to take my son to his baseball practice but told her we would be back shortly. “Just make yourself at home honey, you’re safe now, no ones going to hurt you here, I will be back soon.” Rhonda and I left with my younger son as that dear abused child sat on my porch watching us pull away. My heart ached for her, I told her to call her mother to tell her where she was and see if she could come to get her. The last thing I saw as I drove away was the telephone at her ear.
We arrived home shortly before my husband did and she was still sitting on the porch. I asked if she got a hold of her mother and she said, “yes, but she won’t come to get me.” Oh, this poor child I thought as I began to prepare the meal for we had company coming for dinner. By the time everyone arrived I almost forgot about the young girl. 
My friends arrived with their children who were my children’s age and we all sat down for dinner. Afterwards, while I was giving haircuts, I remembered the young girl again who also ate with us by the way. My friends asked who she was and I started telling them. “You must call the police Bonnie, she ran away from a state institution.” I knew they were right, but to see her sitting there with a death grip on her coat, I just couldn’t.  Of course, I always know the right thing to do, but I'm afraid I don't always do it.  This was one of those times.
So a few hours passed and the kids were so excited. My youngest son came in with an authentic looking pair of handcuffs and I asked him, “Where in the world did you get those?” He replied, we soaped Sara’s (the young girl) wrist and hands and finally got them off.” “WHAT”?, I yelled, What handcuffs?” “The one’s the cops put on her,” he replied. No wonder she never let go of that coat, I thought. Oh, my God, what did I do?
Apparently, she was being chased all right, by the police. Her and another prison escaped from the detention center and robbed homes in the neighborhood. They captured him almost immediately but they’ve been looking all afternoon for her while she was having iced tea and dinner with me. “Oh, Lord, I did it again,” I thought as I was dialing 911.
The police came almost immediately as if they were just up the street, which they probably were. I must admit, as I watched them take her away, my heart still ached for her. It wasn’t until long afterwards that I thought of the consequences my actions could have caused. Thank God, none came to pass.
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Reviewed by Richard Arrington 8/31/2009
Bonnie, I am a retired State Law Enforcement officer. I can understand your feelings. Prior to retiring, I worked my last year in a State Juvenile detention center. I had 30 boys on my detention wing from 13 to 17 years of age. Four of these boy's were murderers and their crimes were horrible and deserved severe punishment. With that said, most if not all these children were raised like animals and would have been good children if they had not been abused. Some children are just bad, I admit this. My argument is how can you expect a child to be normal when its father is in prison and mother is walking the streets? Thank you for this story, It was very good.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 11/28/2008

Very fortunate for you . . . well told!! Thanks for sharing!!


Reviewed by John Leko 5/20/2008
...beginning...middle...and end...I believe you did the right thing...followed you heart...and shared its goodness.
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 5/19/2008
Thank God is right! Even nowadays it's worse. More wackos, don't you think? Everybody's gotta be careful.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 5/19/2008
Oh, oh, oh.... Aren't you lucky that you weren't robbed blind while you were gone...

Reviewed by Susie McCray 5/19/2008
Wow. Very powerful story. Any mother would feel sympathy for a child that they felt was mistreated. Hopefully the young girl will get herself together.
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/19/2008
I think, under the circumstances, you did the right thing; what I probably would do, too. Who knows when love of family and friends are shown to a confused child, how that might just turn their lives's worth the effort.
Blessings and Love ~~ Micke
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/19/2008
You were too trusting as usual Bonnie, but everything turned out in the end. Noone was harmed and you felt better for letting someone into your house and feeding them and making them welcome. So like the Bonnie I remember from the past coffee breaks at you home in Middletown, PA. A comfortable soulfood you are to everyone. Love, your friend Lois
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/19/2008
Don't worry about it, you did what anybody would do in the same circumstances, no one should have a heart capable to send a child away, no matter what he or she did, God doesn't make a difference, and I am sure he was pleased because you not only opened your heart and your house, but also, without conditions you gave her your thust.


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