When we first saw her, we observed a person in a pickup truck
speaking to a lady on the sidewalk and then he drove off.
As we drove by her, there she stood on the sidewalk with a look of
total confusion, looking this way and that, rubbing her hands, scared
and apparently afraid to move. She appeared totally lost in another
We drove a half block and realized that we had go back and make
sure she was alright, as it appeared that something was very wrong.
Pulling up to the curb, my wife got out and walked over to the lady in
her mid-seventies. She asked her if she was alright-could we be of
help? The lady looking every which way, then told my wife that she
was directed to stay where she was and wait for the surveyor. Oh my,
what surveyor? We were in farm country with hundreds of barren
acres around us.
We realized that the pickup driver with the equipment trailer had told
her not to move; then he had driven off. We then realized that she
most likely had dementia. We offered to take her home and she got
into our car and pointed in a southerly direction where there were no
homes for a least a mile as we were in a rural area. I drove down the
sparce farm road, finally coming upon some homes on acreage; each
set back from the road. My wife asked her which home was hers. She
appeared to be totally lost and perhaps this was not even the road
she lived on; this was frightening for us and certainly for her, too.
After about another quarter mile, she looked back at a home on the
right and then said that she thought that was where she lived.
We turned back and entered the long circular driveway and stopped,
still not sure what to do. Just before we were going to get out and
knock on the front door, a small pickup truck pulled into the driveway and a elderly gentlemen got out. He walked over to our car and the
look on his face was totally heart breaking! We explained what had
happened and he was extremely apologetic for the situation, but so
very grateful that we stepped in to help the lost maiden in distress. As
it turned out, he had a part-time morning job in town and had left his
wife in the house, with orders not to leave. Sadly, she did leave and
walked well over a mile to the highway.
As it turned out, the fellow in the pickup truck who had stopped to
speak to the lady earlier had reported her to the sheriff’s department.
When we arrived back at the location where we found her, we came
upon the sheriff’s deputy and stopped him and told him of the story.
Thank goodness it all worked out and the lady in distress was now
back to the safety of her home and her devastated loving husband.