Sink or swim….

Today’s daily prompt says tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?

Oh where do I start???  There’s been numerous times where I’ve been left on my own, to fend for myself in an overwhelming situation.

One that leaps to mind was the first school I started working at, it was the start of my teaching career.

I’d left the city six months earlier and lived on a cattle station 100km from any town and we were cut off for a few months because of the wet season.

After that I moved to a remote Indigenous community in the middle of Australia, 300km from the nearest town, most of it down a dirt road.  There were a whole 300 people living there.

I’d been there a week, sharing a house with another teacher that I had never met, then it was a long weekend and on the Monday night I was fast asleep when I heard yelling and screaming…oh, ok the other teacher had warned me about that, had said the neighbours sometimes get a tad rowdy.  Then I heard my name, oh crap…I jumped up and went to the other teacher’s bedroom and there was a complete stranger in there, he had broken in, gone to the first room and found her sleeping, tried to attack her, she woke up and kicked him from the bed into the wardrobe.  All I said was “GET OUT!” and amazingly enough he did, he went straight to the double glass doors in the lounge, opened one and then crawled out the screen door as he’d popped it off the track.  All this at 3am…on a school night.  So we ring the nurse who is just across an open block from us and then police are called and we have to wait for them to arrive from the next community out from us.

They arrive and by the end of the day us and the other teacher and the principal are removed from the community and the school closed for a week and the man is in custody as apparently he was wanting to go to jail…I’m serious, there he would have a bed, food and a roof over his head during the freezing desert winter nights.

Now being completely new to the area I didn’t know what to do or think…in the end my dad came up, I mean I was only 23 at the time, and the other teacher’s family was coming up.  My dad went out to the community with me to see how I would cope going back out there and the elders told him not to worry as the attacker was not from there and if he tried to go back there they would kill him, and they weren’t joking.

But then going back there on my own a week later was terrifying in the least to start with…and there were plenty of nights sleeping with the lights on and in front of the turned on tv for a while, even though I knew I was safe.

It was all good until a couple of years later when he was released from jail.  I had moved to another community, but some of the new community had family at the old community so they had warned them and they were on the look out for me…which was comforting to an extent.

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