A Bad Day at the “Office”

When our 21 year-old daughter came home from her park ranger intern job last night she looked physically and emotionally drained, and I became concerned.

She came up and hugged me for a long time. I haven’t had a, “I need a hug, Daddy, please comfort me and make the world go away” hug like that in a long time. I loved it.

But while I gave her my best strong “Daddy is here, you’re safe, and it will all be OK” hug, my concern turned to alarm at the thought that perhaps she was having a severe relapse. Flashes of blood transfusions, long stays in the intensive care unit, and worse, started going off in my head.

So it was with great relief when she said while still hugging me tightly that she and her ranger mentor had responded to a bad car accident involving four 17 year-olds. One was so badly hurt that she had to hold his head firmly to avoid further possible spinal damage while they lifted him onto the stretcher to be MedEvac’d (flown out by helicopter) for emergency treatment.

She’d been trained as a First Responder and knew what to do, but it’s all only theory until one has their first real-life experience with such situations.

She did what she was supposed to do the way she was supposed to do it.

I’m proud of my little girl, uh, I mean confident and capable young woman.


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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27 Responses to A Bad Day at the “Office”

  1. Cathy Ulrich says:

    I’m really glad she’s okay, Russ. Those first responder situations can be really tough and I’m glad you were there to comfort her. Sounds like she is a remarkable young woman.


  2. boomiebol says:

    She sounds like a great daughter

  3. They never stop being our babies. 🙂

  4. It’s ok to say your little girl…she’ll always be daddy’s little girl! Good for her and I’m glad she was there to help. 🙂

  5. Elyse says:

    She’ll always be both. What a wonderful person!

  6. Yes I can imagine you pride in her, and it is great when they turn to daddy for comfort when it is needed as a parent we love to know that we can give our child a hug and it will make them feel better for a few minutes at least………..

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Jo-Anne. And I’m aware that any hug could be my last hug with her so each is all the more sweet. Whenever the last one comes, I want it to be so special that it lasts her for a lifetime.


  7. You have every right to be proud of her. I call my children my babies, even though the eldest is 19…needless to say they find it quite amusing 🙂

  8. jiltaroo says:

    What a girl! She’s lucky to have that kind of hug within her reaches. She sound wonderful you must be proud. I hope that person was OK. Jen

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Jen. I’m glad to have “met” youvia our posts and comments.

      • jiltaroo says:

        And the same here. But why am I still up?

        • russtowne says:

          It’s about 11:12am in California. What time is it where you live?

          • jiltaroo says:

            You don’t want to know. I think I forgot to go to bed…I have been writing (surprise). It’s pointless now as I have to get up and take the boys to school in only a couple of hours!…er 4.20am..not the norm for me at all.

            • russtowne says:

              It has been my experience that if I’m not worrying about something then staying up into the early morning hours is a sign that I’m following my passion. May that be true for you too–so long as your passion doesn’t make you lose so much sleep that you can’t function when the sun comes up! Good luck!

              • jiltaroo says:

                Hit the nail on the head there boyo! But I think I’m starting to lose cohesion about now!

                • russtowne says:

                  Yes, when your eyes blur, and you have to squint to see the screen, and you have a hard time putting a cohesive sentence together, those are usually excellent signs that it is time to BACK AWAY FROM YOUR COMPUTER and do something else for awhile! (Like taking a quick nap before rousting your kids out of bed for school…) ;-D!

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