A few years ago, our alarm system went off in the middle of the night. The siren blared and it woke us all from a dead sleep. We didn't know what to do. Was someone in the house? Were they going to hurt us? Do we call the police before we do anything else?
My dad, perhaps ill-advisedly, grabbed the largest knife from the knife block and went to the basement where there was a presumed intruder. He was ready to attack if the situation warranted it. Instead, he found our cat who had chewed through the wires. Oops.
We may not have actually been in danger, but I can tell you that the last thing on anyone's mind was befriending the person we thought was trying to rob our home. My dad was ready to attack whoever was breaking in, and the rest of us were ready to help if necessary.
Leah Ross initially had the same reaction, terror, but then she realized there was a better option to fear: compassion.