Young widow lives just up the road from us.
She called yesterday.
Wanted to know if a red van had stopped by our place recently?
Why yes I said, but we hadn’t answer the door only because our son had called and given us the heads up.
Red van had stopped @ his place. A young hispanic, in her late teens/ early 20′s had asked if she could clean his carpet for free. They had a couple of crews in the area and were checking with all the neighbors… see who else might want a free cleaning….. all they asked was to have a chance to give a short sales pitch.
She was very smooth, asked too many questions, was way too observant.. Son said it took 15 minutes to get rid of her….
Young widow who called me was not so lucky. The 3 cleaning guys weaseled their way into her house, even after she’s point blank said she was busy and didn’t have time. She told me it took over 4 hours to get rid of them, and that was only after she threatened to get out her shotgun…and yes she really does have one :-) This same van then stopped by her brothers place. The sheriff was called. Turned out all three men had criminal records, and one had an outstanding warrant. Warrant said he was to be considered possibly armed and dangerous.
We live in a broken world.
That is the cold hard truth.
Even if you mind your own business and play by the rules.
Have to tell you a story my grandpa told me…
Grandpa was one of 13 children, 6 boys and 7 girls.
That’s him in the back, far left
He grew up farming with horses.
The boys used to wrestle in the haymow for entertainment.
In his prime, grandpa stood 6 foot 2, weighed 240 pounds.
One of the gentlest, most soft hearted men you would ever meet.
I heard it said more than once, there was not a person Grandpa didn’t get along with….that’s probably where I get some of my disposition.
One Saturday afternoon grandpa stopped by Hayen’s general store, collecting for their country church. Five young men were hanging around outside waiting for the dance to begin.
Grandpa said “hi” , but the guys just grunted. Back in the 1920′s some people looked down their noses @ the Germans in the area.
Twenty minutes later as he walked out the store, someone hit him on the back of the head.
”As I came out the door of the store someone hit me from behind.
The next thing I knew I had 4 or 5 guys piling on top of me.
I got up and started swinging.
By the time it was over, the last one was in the car hiding in the back seat.”
Heard on NPR yesterday, that the crime rates in New York City and elsewhere continue to trend downwards…while @ the same time, gun sales and gun ownership is @ an all time high…..Makes sense to me.
The trick is to love people, be engaged with life yet without loosing sight of the fact there is such a thing as evil.
I’ll close with this short clip from one of my favorite movies…..