Be Aware of Your Surroundings Part 2

Happy Sunday to all.
If you read my piece on Be Aware of Your Surroundings you know that the neighborhood in which Campbell and I live was violated by an act of Gun Violence.
If you’ve not read I ask you visit and read that post.
Since then, I’ve had a bit of time to process the events of Friday morning’s shooting. I realized it affected me a little more than I thought.
At first my thoughts were…
“WOW! Did something like that really happen in my neighborhood?”
Then on Friday afternoon my company came, and I had little time to dwell on it.
On Friday evening just about dusk as I walked Campbell I realized I was having an issue I’d need to quickly address.
Each time I heard a car coming down my street, I was cringing or lowering my head. Even though I’ve no memory of
hearing the car drive up before the shots, my mind has connected the sound of a car to the fear of gun fire.
Later as Bobby and I were putting together the mattress set we got for my bed I kept getting upset because the backdoor was open letting in what was a magnificent
Breeze.
I felt exposed. Open to danger. Vulnerable in the worst way.
The worst part? The anger I felt that someone would come into my neighborhood and put all of us at risk for the sake of their vengeful anger.
including us in an issue that involved
none who live here yet we were made part of it.
I felt violated and like saying, “Who the hell are you to come in here and cause this problem? To put all of us
in danger for something we had nothing to do with.” I knew that at that moment could I put my hands around their scrawny little necks I’d have choked them
out. Finally, I was able to vent all I felt and have now begun the process of moving on.
It’s been two days since it happened but I’m still jumping at sounds.
As I’m writing this to you Campbell is making himself more comfortable on the loveseat and I am listening to Fresh Air Weekend on my NPR radio station while I wait for Bobby to return from his walk.
He went out to walk to a convenience store he found near our house. He believes it is located in such a way as to be accessible for us to walk to.
He did not show the route to me when he returned.
But.
He says it is doable.
How wonderful it would be to have a place to walk to again.
Now I am dealing with left-over fear.
Fear of being out somewhere and hearing a similar situation as what happened here unfolding around me.
It was one thing to deal with such a thing from within the confines of familiar surroundings in which I could function.
It’s another to think of facing shots fired while I’m out in the open with my dog.
I fear going out into my yard and encountering part two of whatever issue began the other morning.
I fear Campbell’s being hurt or worse in a situation from which we don’t have time to react.
I know I must over-come this so that if indeed a route to a little store is found Campbell and I can begin to enjoy evening walks again.
It is later in the evening now. Our friend has gone.
He’s returning to his life as a Vender and I to my life as a marketer, self-published author, and blogger.
May there be less distance between us in the future.
With wonderful visits aplenty.
For now, it is time to walk and feed the dog.
Then a glass of wine while King Campbell holds court in his room
He will be petted. He will give and be given love.
We will chat about days gone past, and days to come.
All things are well.
All is well.
All manner of things will be well.
For now, this is Patty who is learning to relax in her world again and King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog who tries never to get too flustered saying…
We call upon the 4 guardians.
We are surrounded and protected.
No danger is detected.
May harmony find you blessid be.

3 Card Spread.
7 of Cups.
King of Swords.
5 of Hierophant.
Have a great rest of your day.

About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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