This a variation on a recent thread of mine:
In that thread, I mentioned an ex-girlfriend of mine, Marilyn,
whom I rescued from destitution in the 1970s, when she lost her condominium to debt.
She had been an outstanding quality executive secretary; a real Crackerjack.
( I have this on good authority. )
Marilyn was shy and bashful, in the extreme,
( unless she knew u ).
Her M.D. accidentally therapeutically addicted her to Valium,
to relieve her shyness.
From that, she got into recreational drugs, resulting in her economic downfall.
She lived with me on 2 different occasions,
the second being with her daughter ( aged 2 to 4 ),
who is not geneticly related to me.
She was on Welfare home relief.
After consuming most of a pint of 100% proof rum, to augment her Valium,
she told me one morning that she was going to collect her welfare payment
and then go on to a crack house to enjoy the benefits of its inventory.
It was her intention to take her daughter Nancy with her.
I considered this to be a dangerous situation
for the motoring public of NY, as well as to Marilyn and Nancy.
My efforts to get her to reconsider were unsuccessfully futile.
I told her that I wud not let her leave the house,
in these circumstances. I stood in the doorway.
She threatened to call the police.
I invited her to use the fone, freely available,
to explain to the police that she wanted to put her 4 year old child
next to her in her car, after drinking 3/4 pint of rum,
with an expired driver 's license and expired insurance,
for a shopping expedition to a crack house,
and that old meanie
is standing in her way.
For some reason, she did not accept that invitation.
Instead, she threatened violence, to liberate herself.
In the execution of her threat,
she grabbed her radio, the size of a shoe box,
and bopped me on the head with it; ineffective.
Then she relaxed, gave up, and calmed down.
Was it a proper act of friendship
for me to obstruct her departure ?
Was I morally rong ?