I'm sure this is a sign for a clothing store. I rather like it as a reminder to stop and take a breath and get centered, in my life.
I have to say, the last couple of years I seldom read any newspapers. I get a smattering of updates from evening news shows, local chatter from coffee shops and friends and on Saturdays, if I am making a fire, I glance at the headlines as I roll up the pages for kindling.
Yesterdat while rolling up pages I glanced at a headline in the local section, BOYS CHARGED IN ASSAULTS. Two boys, age 17 and one man age 21 were accused of having sex with two girls, age13 and one age 12.
A Facebook "friend", of four months, a young man, invited his new Facebook "friend", one of the girls and her friends to a party at his house.
When the girls showed up at the house and party one of the young girls admitted being 12........
A NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE AT THE PARTY BECAME UPSET AND LEFT, ACCORDING TO THE COMPLAINT.
That left three girls, one age 12 and two 13 as well as two 17 year old males and one 21 year old male.
Ok, I didn't make this hard for you. Besides the obvious red flags, stupid behavior, dangerous behavior, felony behavior isn't there something wrong with the statement that a "number of people t became upset and left"?
The law is taking care of the males involved.
Therapy, parental supervision, time and perhaps some maturity might help the young girls involved.
I would like to know why those people that became upset get to walk away free and clear? Obviously, they were upset. They knew the situation was wrong and dangerous and wanted no part of it.
Did they notify any authorities? Did they do ANYTHING to get those little girls out of there? And, you and I know 12 and 13 year old girls these days can look and act much older than they are but despite their wishes to be older they are still little girls. Did those people who were upset just throw up their hands and shake their heads and say, "Well, you are on your own, I'm out of here"?
SHAME ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU THAT WALKED OUT THE DOOR AND DID NOTHING, SAID NOTHING. You knew what was going to happen or what had the possibility to happen. You knew those girls weren't dropped off at the doorstep by their parents. And, the fact that they were even there told you that they might not have been the sharpest crayons in the box.
You knew the 21 year old could buy vodka, marijuana, Oxycontin and other drugs, which he did.
WTF did you think was going to happen to those girls?
Did you honestly, think that they deserved it because they were stupid? Because they think they can handle the world? Because they think they are all grown up, sexy as heck and ready for the big time?
If I were a judge I would sentence every single one of you to at least 1000 hours of community service working with youth, rape counselors, just about anything that had to do with children and abuse.
No cleaning up the parks or gutters, let's get a firm impression in your heads that every single one of us is responsible, yes RESPONSIBLE for doing something, anything when we see something that is wrong or has the potential to go wrong very quickly.
I don't believe we get to walk away, shaking our heads. Yes, you can get into trouble, yes, you can even get hurt but do you truly believe that you can just ignore it? Really? Sleep well do you? Well, you may sleep like a baby but I will tell you now, like the old fortune teller in that back tent, Karma is a bitch and trust me, she doesn't forget.
I know there are lots of people who need a whack on the head, parental training, family therapy and so on who are involved in this whole mess. Like I said, the law will take care of some of them, perhaps guilt or family pressure will apply to others. And some wil continue to make choices and decisions that will impact themselves and everybody around them like a bomb going off.
But for those who walked out of that party, again, SHAME ON YOU.
Sometimes I look around at people doing shameful things like Governor Walker and his destroying of our state, as he plods on his way, to thinking he might be our president some day and I can't do a thing. I can protest, write letters, bad mouth him and his policies whenever I can but I can't give him that whack on the head he so richly deserves.
And, I know when I see someone abusing a child or an elderly person in a store I know not to interfer because they will most likely take it out on the child or individual but I do know to go and report it to someone in authority or call 911 if I have to.
That's all any one of you had to do, when you left that party. Push 911 on your cell phone and call for some help. Let the police sort it out, they are trained for that kind of thing. You didn't even have to leave your name if you were that scared.
Now, I need to breathe and regain some balance.