“Okay, I need to see some milk mustaches. Drink your milk before you leave the dinner table.”
Three little hands grabbed the cup, not glass, of milk in front of them. As they drank their milk they would take turns showing the husband and me their milk mustache progress. They would giggle, we would laugh at them, it was a typical evening Summer dinner time ritual. Everyone that lived in the house was around the table.
So you can imagine our surprise when we heard the front door swing open rather forcefully. The husband and I made eye contact but before we could act we heard a young girl call for help. We ran to the door and as soon as the girl saw us she continued,
“My sister, she fell, please call 911.”
She was half way down our driveway when she said 911. I looked in the direction she ran and saw a body lying motionless on the sidewalk in front of my house. The neighbors were starting to converge.
“You make the call,” I said to the husband. Then I looked at my little boys, “Keep them in here, I’ll go.”
I reached the girl and knelt down next to her. Another woman joined us.
“We were jogging and she tripped on something I think. I don’t know. Is she going to be okay?”
I wish I could have said ‘yes she’s going to be fine.’ But she didn’t look fine. Her eyes were open but she stared straight ahead. She made involuntary movements and drool trickled out of her mouth. I looked at the other woman and she told me to go get a pillow. As I stood up to run I heard the woman start to pray and then the sound of sirens in the distance.
I ran out with a pillow, there were more neighbors. I held the girl by the shoulders and said,
“Where do you live honey? I’ll send someone to get your parents.”
She gave me her address, it wasn’t far. Three or four neighbors took off. We moved out of the way for the Paramedics. The woman that originally arrived with me grabbed my hand and continued to pray.
The girl was eventually put into a ambulance and it speed away. The crowd dispersed. I looked down at the pillow for a few minutes, when I looked up I was alone. Never during the commotion did I get a name. I never saw the praying lady again. But two days later the young girl appeared at my doorstep and she knocked this time.
“I just wanted to thank you for all your help with my sister.”
“Is she okay? What happened?”
There were so many questions and so few answers that evening.
“She’s going to be okay. We were jogging and she stepped on a rock. She went down so fast that she hit her head on the sidewalk before she had time to put her arms out to stop herself.”
We talked for a few moments and hugged. I told her to keep me posted on how her sister was doing but I never heard from her again.
I went inside to finish dinner. I poured three cups of milk and placed them on the table. Looking forward to milk mustaches, I called my family to dinner.
Life is fragile, I have learned to enjoy each day God gives me. I have learned quite a bit over the years just by watching outside my front window.