At the risk of sounding way too much like Mama Vi I have to say, what is WRONG with kids today??!
This past weekend was not a good one here in THE Valley. Not at all.
Saturday afternoon one of the first people I met in this town was in a motorcycle accident. He is one hell of a good guy, always ready with a smile and a joke. He's one of the folks I actually look for when I'm down at Fritz's. He's going to be OK, but he's gonna be in a wheelchair, from what I'm told, for about 6 months. He's in the hospital right now, and had surgery yesterday afternoon. I feel just terrible for him.
Well, he's got another pretty great guy stayin' out at his house for a while. Now, being as this is a small town, a lot of folks heard about the accident Saturday night. Not a lot of people knew he had anyone staying with him.
Sunday night while the house guest was resting, he heard the sound of breaking glass. He grabbed a gun and went to see what was going on once he realized someone was IN the house.
As he came out of the bedroom he sees a figure standing in the hallway, holding a rifle that was pointed at HIM. He fired the gun. Two figures ran away as the one holding the rifle fell to the ground....dead.
I heard the sirens Sunday night, with not a thought as to what was going on. This happened just outside of our lovely town. Yesterday the county Sheriff went through the High School and Jr High School looking for the other two kids.
And the thing we're reading in the paper, the main thing we're hearing about is the number of guns the home owner had in the house. Folks. They were legal. It's his right. THAT is not the problem. The problem is that three BOYS broke in looking for trouble. And they found it.
So we have one hell of a guy who could be in trouble because he exercised his right to bear arms, while he is trying to heal up from an accident. We have another pretty great guy who killed a kid. Yes, in self defense, but still.....he shot a kid. Not only that, but they still haven't decided if charges will be filed against him. For defending himself. He has to worry about THAT on top of everything else.
We have a dead kid. And his family that has to deal with this. We have two more kids who are not only going to have to come to terms with their friend's death, but also what they did.
It's a small town. It's a very small town. And I'll tell you something. I, personally, will not feel quite as safe here ever again. Oh....I'm not going to freak out. But I am locking down the house again, even when I'm in it. I'm not just walking back and forth to Fritz's at night. No......it's never going to be the same again.
And that breaks my heart. Because one of the things I loved most about this village was that I felt so very safe.
What is it with kids today? What in the HELL were they thinking? This is a tragedy on so many levels.