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    Friday, December 14, 2007

    Flash 55, Take 18

    He felt everything as if it were him lying in the road.

    He winced as she tried to stand and her leg snapped in half, bone protruding.

    The look of sheer pain streaked through his brain as his car passed beside her.

    Their eyes met as the sheriff put a bullet in the doe's head.


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    I was inspired to write this 55 based on my drive to work yesterday. Traffic came to a complete stop on the freeway and I anticipated an accident.

    When I got closer, I could see that the problem was that a deer had been hit by a truck. The deer was still alive and looked fine except for it's broken leg. It tried to stand up and immediately fell back down. It was lying there with it's legs folded underneath it's body like a dog would lay in it's bed. It had given up.

    It really bothered me as I drove by and the deer looked right at me. It seemed like it was saying, "Help me!". There was a Sheriff's car parked on the side of the road. I really hope he "helped" it. I thought about that deer all day long.

    I know I sound insane when I tell you how empathic I am. I can't help it. Since I can remember, I've been in tune with what others are feeling and experiencing. Sometimes, this is a good thing. Like when people are happy. Other times, it hurts to know how people are feeling. I can literally feel sadness in my bones. Pain makes me wince, even when it's not mine. I'm a freak, I tell ya!

    Hope you all have an awesome weekend!


    Mona said...

    That is Sad!

    In India we have dogs and goats being killed under rolling wheels each day. It is a terrible sight to witness and stays with you long time afterwards!

    You have a kind heart Jenn!

    barman said...

    Sad but great 55 Sign. I hear you on aligning with what others are feeling. I think that is a superb quality to have.

    Rebicmel said...

    ugh how horrible for the deer, I hope the sheriff put it down quickly, I hate to see suffering.
    Great flash

    have a good weekend.

    lime said...

    oh man, i really hope the guy put that poor creature out of its misery too.

    Big Pissy said...

    great 55....but SO sad.... :(

    stalkermom said...

    Oh how sad. I would have thought about that all day, too. Everytime I drive passed a dead animal, I always get a pouty bottom lip think "awe".

    katie said...

    That doesn't make you a freak, girl! that makes you a really kind and sweet person. I hope you have a great weekend! :)

    jillie said...

    The most disturbing thing I ever saw was a horse that got out of the coral and was hit by a cement truck. We were on our way to the store and then on our way home, they moved it out of they road and it was not pretty. That vision has never left my head. I cried so hard. I am such a softie when it comes to animals.

    G-Man said...

    I love venison!!
    Great 55 Jenn...
    I think that I read where they fixed her leg and gave her to a children's Zoo!!!!

    gab said...

    Had I been there I would have started to cry. I hate to see a animal in pain. I have this feeling that when I want something to go one way it most certainly will go the opposite.

    Yippeeskip said...

    Empathy can be a great gift and a curse as well. I appreciate you sharing about that.

    SignGurl said...

    Mona~ I can't imagine watching goats and dogs being killed daily. That is horrible!

    Barman~ I can be a good quality at times :)

    Rebicmel~ I hate to watch animals suffer as well.

    Lime~ Me too. I have no issues with hunters who kill deer to have the meat. I hate to see anything suffer.

    Stalkermom~ It affected me all day long.

    Katie~ It can be a freakish thing to try to explain to people. People think I'm weird.

    Jillie~ I can't imagine seeing a horse be killed like that. I know I would have lost it as well.

    G-Man~ You hoser! Yeah, I heard she went to the zoo in Flint. Isn't that in your backyard?

    Gab~ I did cry, especially after she looked me in the eye like, "Help me!"

    Yippeeskip~ I've found my gift to be useful at times but debilitating at others. I could never work with the elderly or terminally ill.

    Charles said...

    Sorry about your being bothered so, Jenn. It would seem that our highways aren't compatible with wild life, if only they would have given us those flying cars they promised in the fifties...

    kimmyk said...

    oh how horribly sad!

    i'm about in tears.

    i'm such a cupcake anymore.

    javajazz said...

    it is difficult to have this gift
    you describe, but also it may
    ultimately be a gift to your life.
    you are certainly not a freak
    you are an "empath..."