July 27, 2007

Beth-Anne Russell

Thank you, Beth-Anne. You saved an old lady's life. After seeing her wandering on a rural road, you called police when they issued her picture and asked the public for help. She is 90 and has dementia.

But your story, for me, isn't about that wandering senior. She's safe now. It's about you. As you and your husband passed her earlier that day, you said you didn't want to risk a fight with your husband by asking him to stop. I don't much like your husband, Beth-Anne. Sorry.

When you saw the pic on TV and called the police, you also announced you were driving back 45 minutes to help them. Your husband got "very mad", but you grabbed a flashlight and went anyway. You met the police at midnight in an isolated area, and found the fragile woman yourself lying in the tall grass. You stayed with her until medics arrived. You are my hero. I really don't like your husband.

You sound like a thousand other women I've known, and many more I've heard from. Their compassion, their values and their instincts are squashed by some man they've been told is more important than they are. Maybe their parents drilled this into them, I don't know. There was a time when women were considered chattle, but that time is not now.

Beth-Anne, you did a truly brave thing. I know if you'd been driving alone, you would have pulled over instantly and helped that poor woman right away. I know that. We all do. Thank you for doing what you did, because I think it took years of suppressed strength to do it. You need to know that many men would have pulled over instantly. They would have right there beside you to assist this woman.

Mr. Russell? You should be ashamed of yourself. We need more women like your wife. When her fear of you almost overwhelms her intent to save a person's life, you have to wonder about you, not her.

Beth-Anne Russell describes herself in the article as "a plain old person". She's 51. She hasn't even started being old, and I hate that she thinks she is. May her inner superhero now soar free. We'll all be better for it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo to Beth Anne. Turds to her husband.

July 27, 2007 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know who is going to save Beth Anne from her asinine husband.....I felt exactly the same way when I read this article in the Star....Kudos Beth Anne!

July 30, 2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger Beth Ann said...

Hello, Lorraine. Thanks for the blurb. I'm just an ordinary person who did the right thing at the right time.

Please, do not be judgemental of my husband! He IS a good man, has been an awesome partner and supporter of my ideas and ambitions. We just get wrapped up in our own little worlds and problems and sometimes forget what is going on around us. We do have a lot of stress in our lives. Leonard was mainly worried about gas and more miles on our ancient van. He realizes that a person is more important than material things. He was worried about me looking silly or being wrong. He loves me and tries to protect me. Please don't bash my dear old husband. I love him dearly and I should have chosen my words differently when I spoke to the Star. Do I frustrate him? Yes. Do I get frustrated with him? Yes. We have a give and take relationship and have weathered some storms that some people would have bailed on each other. We are together for the long haul. I love Leonard. He loves me! Period.

Get to know my husband and then make a decision.

Sincerely, Beth Ann Russell, Sunderland, ON

August 03, 2007 9:40 AM  

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