I’ll never forget Emma Watson. Let me take you back to the summer of ’74, Zoar, Ohio. I was 11 yrs. old and spent a lot of time alone exploring, experiencing the woods, streams and farm fields. One day I discovered a new pasture. I stopped to admire and hopefully pet a horse. While standing on the bottom rail of the fence I heard someone say, “Hello, hello, hello.” I looked around-no one, nothing. Then a high-pitched screeching “Hello, HELLOOOO.”
Scared as hell I still had to follow the voice!!! That’s when I came face-to-face with ” Peter Dee, ~ a huge, colorful, talkative Scarlet Macaw in a huge cage on the side of a little white garage. I was mesmerized. I’ve never seen anything so exotic in my life. As I stood there, soaking in all that was Peter Dee, I hear a door open and then close. An elderly lady approached me. I immediately began to apologize for being on her property. She smiled and said, “Isn’t he an amazing creature?” “Oh my…yes, yes, yes he is.” His name is Peter Dee, a gift from my son and I’m Emma- what is your name? Would you like something to drink?” “Yes, please.” She invited me in for what would be many afternoons of ice tea, Peter Dee and Emma. At that time in my life it was much needed and appreciated. Emma spent time with me, talked/shared her life story AND most importantly LISTENED to me like I really mattered. I felt loved and happy.
Two months later, Child Protective Services picked-up me and my two younger brothers. We spent many months in a receiving home until our father got us and we moved to another town. Many more months passed and we were living in New Philadelphia, Ohio when there was a knock on the door…It was Emma Watson!!! She found me and we hugged and visited. She gave me a beautiful music box…I listened to it every night before going to bed. The music box is long gone but Emma lives in my heart forever.
There’s a HUGE difference between hearing and listening. Thank you Emma Watson for truly listening to me when I needed it most.