Let me explain...
I don't usually listen to tunes while I am running. I prefer to be lost in my own thoughts, yet still conscious of my surroundings.
Absorbing the sounds of nature to the staccato strikes of my feet.
Likely the result of working with too many crime victims who were accosted while hiking/walking/running on trails or in neighborhoods.
Also, it is beneficial to hear that distracted driving roaring up on you.
But when I do listen to music while pounding pavement, I keep the volume low.
I am not sure if Hong Nguyen had headphones with her when she was running this week, but we as a society owe her a debt of gratitude for being aware.
Ms. Nguyen of Vietnam is on a 5-day trip to see family in Texas, and on Tuesday she decided to go for an early morning run in Houston.
It was her first jog since arriving and she chose what authorities described as route not well traveled.
While running, she heard strange sounds. She stopped and began to look around.
The sounds were cries--like that from a human and not from an animal. The noise was coming from some high weeds in a field near where she was standing.
Ms. Nguyen sifted through the brush and was startled to find 8-month-old Genesis Hailey strapped to a car seat and abandoned. Crying.
Four hours earlier, Houston Police had launched an Amber Alert for Genesis after the vehicle she had been a passenger was stolen from a convenience store.
Two hours after the car theft, police located the abandoned vehicle, but there was no sign of the missing child.
Ms. Nguyen contacted 911 immediately, and Officer Albert Pizana arrived and wrapped the child in his uniform shirt.
Genesis was then transported to a local hospital where she was released in good condition to her mother.
Reportedly, she suffered ant bites during her ordeal (those Texas ants enjoy me too when I am there).
Thank goodness that Ms. Nguyen was there listening, and courageously took action.
Hike. Bike. Run. Walk.
Listen to tunes or listen to nature.
But, always be conscious of your environment.
You never know when you will be called to save a life.
As Hong Nguyen, 8,000 miles from home, saved baby Genesis on a June morning.
Have a super weekend everyone.