The following is an email I received recently from Kay S. Again another anecdote that the world is less scary than is portrayed in the media.
Reprinted with permission.
One of my more memorable vignettes occurred 20 years ago while on a trip with my younger son who was 10 or 12 years old. We were doing the Atlantic coast from NYC southbound. It must have been pre-summer, the state park was empty except for one guy. He had a big beat up old car & no camping gear that I could tell.
He was a big scruffy guy & had parked himself fairly close to us. His erratic behaviour & the fact that I was a single woman with a young kid was making me a bit nervous. We were trying to get a fire together when I see him coming our way.
The scary movie theme music goes off in my head.
Uh Oh… As he got closer my heart was pounding…but he surprised me by saying, “Would you like some of this chicken? My family was supposed to meet me here but they’ve been delayed & won’t be here for dinner.”
Wow ..not only was he NOT scary, but he gave us a great meal!! You never know…