Don't Drive Faster Than Your Guardian Dragonfly
|Patt Harris models her dragonfly blouse following her morning
escort to safety.
By Al Harris
"Don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly,"
goes the old saying, which apparently pertains to dragonflies as well
My wife Patt recounted how a dragonfly helped avert a
car accident this morning when she decided to drive slower than the
posted speed limit to avoid hitting the golden-winged Anisoptera, which
insistently remained in front of her Crown Vic as she traveled down
Church Avenue toward Mountain Street.
"When I turned onto Church, the dragonfly swooped down
and centered itself above the hood of my car as if it were guided by
laser," she said. "Dragonflies being one of my favorite insects, I was
not about to go fast enough to hit it. It was bizarre; it moved with
the car and stopped and hovered in sync with the motion of the car --
it was like having a living, flying hood ornament.
"This was one of the most beautiful dragonflies I've seen
-- it was a big, fat adult with at least a three-inch wingspan with
gold-shimmering wings. I was totally engrossed in its unusual behavior
as I slowly made my way down Church, and it was a good thing, too. A
woman driving a full-sized van and talking on a cell phone ran the stop
sign really just zoomed on across without slowing a bit
at the intersection of Church and Mountain. Had it not been for this
dragonfly, I almost certainly would have been right there in the middle
of the intersection," she said.
The near-mishap did not interfere with the insect's escort
"That dragonfly remained with me, in front of the car,
all the way down Church and then right on to the Wal-Mart parking lot,"
she said. Total distance from the beginning of escort duty to the parking
lot was about three miles.
"After I parked, I opened my door and the dragonfly turned
and hovered right in front of my face. My father was a pilot, and I've
seen pilots waggle their wings as a signal to one another. The dragonfly
waggled its wings as if saying good-bye.
"I turned to head toward Wal-Mart and spotted a couple
of people who had been watching me and that dragonfly intently, so there
were at least two witnesses to the end of the story. Had they known
the whole story they would have been even more surprised," she said.
"Someone who doesn't know me I don't tell stories
at all might chuckle and say, yeah, right, that's a good story
but that's all it is. It doesn't matter if they believe it -- I know
I was escorted to safety by a dragonfly."
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