Quiet fills the room and the cabinet beckons me again to be opened. Fingers fiddle with the latch because reverence has filled the heart. Inside the memories of a lifetime are carefully stored....
Each milestone in life holds a significance that should be stored away to be remembered on quiet days. The items may be in drawers or folders, or chests, or boxes but they are kept in special places different from all other places. Sort of like the heart of your life. Protected in a cage.
He was about 17 and innocent in spirit. Perfect in our eyes and respected in the eyes of strangers. He ALWAYS did the right thing. It was early morning that July day when he headed to work just before dawn. I heard the car door slam closed and the tires crunch up the stone driveway. I drifted back to sleep and was wakened with the sound of a screeching noise and waited....and then a thump. We sprang up out of bed barely touching the floor to get dressed and the phone rang...... "mom, dad the car is wrecked." Oh the sweet sound of his voice....
We had to go to court later that month for he was sited for reckless driving...... after all what was a 17 year old doing out so late/so early in the morning? No thought of his address being 1500 feet away or the wet grass clippings in the road. The police officer didn't believe he was a nice boy heading out to work.
The decision came down guilty and he was fined. My heart sank for now my innocent boy learned about corruption and lies.
I didn't realize then, because I too am naive, that lessons like that prepare a person for life, and that there would be a lot more unjust consequences in his life to come.
This week he was dealt another blow in poor judgement as he stood on stage on national TV and was judged for his work.
"TOO NICE" ....to finish first in CupCake Wars ....... too nice? that was the comment!
Well, I say BRAVO!!! I am proud that he is nice! That is who I raised and love and by golly I am proud that he is NICE!!!!!!
The newspaper articles and video tapes will all find their rest in the box that holds the tangible artifacts of the memories of his life, right along side the hood ornament of a car that saved it! His legacy to his children and grandchildren will be...... he was nice!
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