Fear, Paranoia, and The Lady in Black: An Encounter!

by John Zajaros on August 17, 2009

TuffGuy and I headed out on our walking again today, a few minutes late actually.

We were walking north on Warren Road, just before you get to Franklin, in Lakewood, Ohio. It was about 12:15am EST and Jupiter was amazing in the southern sky. I was thinking to myself that I would pull out the telescope when I got home and see if I could catch a glimpse of Neptune too.

Imagine my surprise when I looked up and there was the young lady in black from the other evening walking towards us, south on the same side of the street! Same outfit, same hair, same everything.

Well, she didn’t see us at first either, at least not until the last minute. When she did see us, I thought she was going to have a heart attack! She stopped so abruptly that I honestly thought she was going to faint or bolt, probably the latter. In the next second, she made a hard left down the driveway and was heading for the other side of the street…fast!

Seeing all of this in a split second, I couldn’t help myself, I said, “You don’t have to go to the other side of the street, we won’t bite!

This seemed to throw her off a bit, gave her a moment of pause, but she still walked out into the street, now this is a busy street even at that time of night, and made an exaggerated curve around us, ending up back on the sidewalk on the same side of the street, just south of us.

I didn’t know what to say, so we simply continued on our way, TuffGuy and me.

The encounter actually shook me up a bit. I really didn’t know what to think at all…and that’s rare for me! My first emotion was pity. Then, I was overcome with sympathy, and finally compassion. It really did shake me up that I would have that sort of an effect on another human being! I just couldn’t get over this young woman’s reaction to a 54-year-old grandfather and a tiny little dog.

But as I thought about it, I realized that it had nothing to do with me, that it was all coming from and through her. Something terrible must have happened at some point in this young lady’s life to make her that afraid and to react in that fashion.

Now? I am intrigued by the whole experience. However, I also realize it is really none of my business. But it is interesting and speaks volumes about the human condition…at least one human’s condition. As a caring human being, I also have concern for someone that terrified of life, and of any other person or persons.

Here is a young woman, wearing all black, walking at night, all alone, and terrified of any sort of human encounter, any sort of interaction…at least any sort of male encounter, little dog or no.

I am not sure where this is going, if anywhere. But it is interesting…and it is sad!

I am certain there will be more to follow. I’ll keep you informed. Perhaps one day we will know what goes on behind all of the fear and anxiety and perhaps not.

I have received emails and social media messages about this topic and this young lady, so as long as there is interest, I will continue to update you.

We’ll see!


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