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Who is That Man With a Towel on His Head and What are They Doing To Him?

When my Dad was still alive, I took him to to for an outpatient eye surgery. As they were getting ready to release him, the nurse got blood all over his clothes taking out his IV, so she gave him a pair of scrubs to wear home. Once they had him ready to go, my mother and I went to get the car, only to find it wasn't where we thought it was supposed to be. We ended up walking several levels of the parking garage before we found it and were able to drive around to the door where they were waiting on us.

By the time we were finally out of there and headed home, it was well into late afternoon traffic. Headed west bound on I-285 (read: World's Largest Parking Lot), the sun was directly in our eyes. Fresh out of eye surgery, Daddy couldn't handle the blinding glare on his sensitive eye. There was a bath towel covering the seat, so to keep out the sun, Daddy draped it over his head.

He was much more comfortable like that, but we couldn't help but sit there in stop-and-go forever, and speculate and laugh, wondering what the people in the cars around us were thinking about two women in this car with this man in scrubs with a bath towel over his head. Did they kidnap him? Was he a hostage? What were they DOING to that poor guy?

As soon as we could escape the gridlock of the perimeter, we stopped at an International House of Pancakes so that Daddy could get something light on his stomach after the surgery while we waited out the rest of rush hour traffic and the glare of the sun before we continued the journey home.


(c) 2013 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

Adapted from a post originally published on Bubblews 10/5/2013 and removed 1/1/2015.

Image Credit » Photo (c) 2008 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

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redbarlie wrote on January 11, 2015, 2:48 AM

Yes I can just imagine their faces,I bet they were pondering on that one for quite a while,I know I would be for sure if I had seen you all.

scheng1 wrote on January 11, 2015, 3:12 AM

If the strangers see 2 men with one woman covered with towel, they will call the police.

Madcanman wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:13 AM

I hate to say it, Debbi, but nowadays, in this completely f'd up world we live in, there likely wouldn't be many who would even bat an eye at such a sight. Just my opinion.

Feisty56 wrote on January 11, 2015, 11:00 AM

I'd like to think that isn't something a person sees everyday even in a city as busy as Atlanta, but it might be mild compared to some sights. I can just see the three of you barely moving through traffic, your father with the towel over his head. Poor guy.

stacygirl77 wrote on January 11, 2015, 1:44 PM

Now I bet that was sure a site to see. You had be laughing envisioning that. Too funny.

LilyDay wrote on January 11, 2015, 4:49 PM

On a scale of strange sights, that actually would not rank that highly in terms of strangeness.

trufflehunter wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:17 PM

Lol he didn't have sunglasses at the time? I know how daunting glare can be after you've just had eye surgery.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:16 AM

Great story. I can just picture that traffic. Sounds like a Los Angeles freeway.

HappyLady wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:26 PM

Oh my. What an experience, bit it is the kind you end up remembering fondly and laughing over as a treasured memory.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:51 PM

He probably has his sunglasses on, and possibly might have had some of those little dark plastic shades the eye doctor gives out. I don't remember. If he did, it wasn't near enough with the afternoon sun shining right in his eyes.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:53 PM

I-285, especially the "Top End", is notorious for traffic. This particular hospital is one of the most popular hospitals for births in the region. I don't know why more babies aren't born on I-285 than there are.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:54 PM

We laughed over it for a long time.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:56 PM

And it was a big, thick towel, too. Add to that the fact that he looked like he was wearing pajamas, and it must have seemed pretty odd. At any rate, no one seemed to have called the cops.

happynutritionist wrote on January 14, 2015, 9:10 PM

I am trying to imagine what I would have thought driving by such a sight emoticon :smile: Great story and good memory.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 14, 2015, 10:13 PM

I cherish those memories of my parents now.

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 15, 2015, 11:27 AM

You had me laughing out loud reading this post! I can visualize it all, including the silly comments. We don't have that kind of traffic here, but it must help to have a sense of humor to deal with days like that.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 15, 2015, 2:09 PM

If you are going to drive in Atlanta, you definitely need a sense of humor. I am so grateful I rarely have to drive there.

rosepetal wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:47 AM

I'm surprised it didn't draw a lot of attention. In other words, people gawking at you guys. It had to be a sight.

Bethany1202 wrote on January 17, 2015, 10:41 AM

Funny story! I can imagine what I would be thinking if I saw this! ; )

UK_Writer wrote on January 22, 2015, 3:01 PM

LOL - what a fab memory of your dad! It would have looked peculiar to others and, yes, I suspect they would have wondered if they should be intervening in a kidnapping or similar.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 23, 2015, 12:41 PM

That's what we were thinking.