Space Needle | Seattle, WA | 2014
Ten years ago, my brother and I were visiting Seattle and taking photos along the waterfront when I was attacked by a crazy man. He grabbed me from behind and began choking me, squeezing my neck, pressing his fingers into my eyes. He screamed that I was a spy for the Chinese and taking stealth pictures to send to the Communist regime. Thankfully, a passer-by witnessed the attack, sprayed the man with Mace and wrestled him off me. The encounter has left me, years later, with two strong emotions: 1) surprise at the speed and randomness of the attack, and 2) gratitude for intervention by a stranger, who didn’t know if the crazy guy had a knife or gun. Lessons? Life can take rapid turns, and saints wander among us.