4 responses

  1. Marie
    September 29, 2019

    I really like this story. You nailed the fear. My own experiences years ago were wanting/wishing for a gun, knowing a knife was in the drawer, and suddenly propelling myself up, walking straight to the window and yelling in a rasping deep voice, “What do you want?” He ran away.


    • Leslie Jill Patterson
      October 24, 2019

      Oh, wow. That was very brave of you. I’m not sure my legs would have carried me to the door! Thank you for your thoughtful words about the essay, for taking the time to write them!


  2. Missy Ferguson
    December 11, 2019

    Tight writing on compelling content. You give us so much to think about I’ll probably use more words commenting than you did in the piece you wrote. In pondering the colossally poor judgment 911 and police displayed in this episode I become sad and afraid. You’re the only prudent person in the story, otherwise, or they might have influenced you to buy yourself a gun for “next time”. Regrettable it is that supposedly well-trained police across the country keep showing us how hard it can be to keep bullets inside a gun and outside the bodies of innocents. Happens every day in Texas. As a divorced Texas female living alone at nearly 70 years of age, I am profoundly grateful that I never have shot anyone. I owe my flawless safety record to my non-ownership of guns. Fortunate indeed were those teenage boys who took no bullets that night from a panicky homeowner. But if they had been hurt, the shooter would have paid a dear price.


    • Jill
      February 22, 2020

      Missy, Thanks so much for reading my essay. It is odd how people are always trying to arm divorced women who live alone. I don’t know that I could live with myself if, out of fear, I shot and killed someone who was simply engaging in some childish prank late at night–especially a kid who wasn’t thinking about the possible horrendous consequences that could occur if a gun owner lost his or her mind.


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