GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
An Open Letter to the Boys Who Lit the Firecracker at My Car this AM:
Hi there. I know you're probably bored by this point in your summer break. I'm sure you laughed pretty hard as you saw me jump out of the driver's seat when you scared the bejeezus out of me by tossing that little firecracker into the road as I drove by. I'll hand it to you, you did time it pretty well. You clearly have some great eye-hand coordination. Have you considered pitching baseballs instead? The Cleveland Indians could use a few more good closers. Either way.
What are you, incoming high school freshmen? Sophomores? That's where I'd put the mindset of someone who pulls a prank like that. It was the rough median age at which the boys up the road gleefully wielded their mega-wattage laser light pointers into my side and rear view mirrors as I drove home one cold winter night about nine years ago. You know, the kind that can blind the pilot of an airplane? I'm going to tell you what I told them. It's basically the same message except that I was alone in the car on my way to work this morning.
I know you think this isn't a big deal. I know you think you're just having fun. But you need to really consider the choices you're making and their potential consequences. You could have caused an accident. How would you have felt about that? Now, you're getting the calm version of this speech because I have my son in the car. But you're very, very lucky that nothing happened that could have harmed him because of your actions. Very lucky.
I'm not going to call the police and I'm not even going to tell your parents but what you did, somebody up there saw it ---and it's also out there in the universe which is bad karma for you. Very bad.
I know boys will be boys but this is not a good idea for you or for the people you're putting in danger. Just think about what you're doing before someone gets hurt or someone goes to the juvenile detention center.
P.S. Try it again and I'll drive you down to the JDC myself, Capisce?
Ps 115:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 R. (9) I will walk in the presence of the Lord, in the land of the living. Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name give glory because of your kindness, because of your truth. Why should the pagans say, "Where is their God?" Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. They have mouths but speak not; they have eyes but see not; They have ears but hear not; they have noses but smell not. Their makers shall be like them, everyone who trusts in them. The house of Israel trusts in the LORD; he is their help and their shield. Alleluia 2 Cor 5:19 God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. PHOTO: