The beautiful gesture of holding open a door for a lady has long passed. No more knights in shining armor and damsels in distress. A waiter placing a cloth napkin on your lap would now be seen as sexual misconduct. Niceties are slipping away. It’s a shame, really.
But on a different note, for some reason I cannot fathom and strongly disagree with, women are being given way more leniency than they deserve.
A charming little 2-year-old boy will never hug his mother again. He was hit by a car in his driveway when 28-year-old Stevie Wallace, a woman with a very long and rocky history of drugs and alcohol and recently released from prison for drug trafficking, ran him over when leaving a party. The police stated that she was “not visibly intoxicated” and it was on private property. To make matter worse, the blood work taken has been sent to a lab, which could take a year or more to process! Did you read that last line?! I bet you can buy a kit on the Internet for that. Since the little boy’s death she has been arrested twice for DWI. One of those times she had very young children in the car with her. She was given a $50,000 secured bond. Her husband and the father of those children said he is fed up and if the judicial system doesn’t lock her away then he has lost all faith in it. Amen. (Now go file for divorce and get full custody of your children).
In California, an 80-year-old man is assaulted (his collarbone broken) when he enters his home to find two people robbing it. He gets to another room, retrieves his gun and when pointing it at the 28-year-old female intruder hears her say, “don’t shoot, I’m pregnant.” Really? Oh well, he didn’t care since his life was in danger and he fired his gun, killing her as she was leaving. Was he wrong? Nope, not in my book. Allegedly these two had broken in three times before and didn’t seem to find the “right path in life.” Quick note: She wasn’t pregnant. Now comes the politics. The DA doesn’t know what to do here. The man was in danger, but the criminals were in the act of leaving. Apparently it doesn’t matter that they broke his collarbone and she continued to beat him with no regard for his life and continued to ransack his property. I’m sorry he had to take justice into his own hands, but I am thankful he had a gun to do so or he might just be another obituary. Adams, the alleged male accomplice, fled the scene and was later arrested and charged with five felony counts, including murder (for the woman’s death), residential robbery, burglary, grand theft firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. He’s currently jailed on a $1.25 million bond.
Are we so overwhelmed with media and non-stop jabber that we forget we are all in this together? How many chances are criminals going to be given before they kill someone or someone else? Enough is enough. Will another crime come next week more sensational where these will be forgotten?
I think I need to unplug my TV for a while. It stresses me out. I can’t solve the world’s problems alone and until we start to “act together” with common goals not much is going to change. That’s very sad.
Your assignment this week is to unplug, even just for an hour or a day. Sit in the sun, listen to the waves, breathe and re-connect and remember that deep down we all know right from wrong.
Knowledge is power, common sense is golden and laughter is always the best medicine.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.