Shoreline resident's harrowing story: What do you want?

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

What do You Want?
A true story by a Shoreline Resident

Most of us will never know how we’ll behave in a potentially life-threatening event. That was certainly true for me, a 75-year-old male, until a night in September 2021.

I live in a community of small homes with my dog Mila. The community is about 20 years old and there had been no break-ins here until that night four weeks ago.

I sleep in a bedroom on the lower floor. I’m not certain where Mila slept that night.

I went to bed around 10pm.

Around 2am, I woke to a very loud crash coming from above. And then I heard another crash, even louder, and it was not far away.

I was frightened but also curious about how such a loud noise could have happened. I got up and walked into the exercise room, next to my bedroom. I looked up the stairs to the main floor.

There stood a very tall man on the stairway landing, about 6 - 7 feet away! I have never been so scared in my life.

Was he intending to rob me? Or kill me? Or kill Mila, who was now at my side? She hadn’t barked and I don’t think she ran up to greet him like she does with almost everyone.

I couldn’t believe this was happening. I think the scared part me went somewhere else. This part of me couldn’t handle the reality of what was happening.

I didn’t notice if this man had a weapon or if he was young or old.

Initially he was quiet and I asked him “What do you want?” be continued


Camille West,  November 23, 2021 at 12:34 PM  

I am so grateful that the centeredness within you remained calm and curious, and that the outcome was such that you are able to share your experience. ����️

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