Monday, April 15, 2013

It Happens Everywhere

**I wrote this yesterday, before the bombs went off in Boston.  Perhaps this is even more appropriate now...and I certainly pray for everyone who is affected by violence today- whether in a big downtown, a sleepy suburb or a bad neighborhood.**

Following my lost purse, I have been thinking about ugly things.  Things like crime and violence and general ickiness.  And I have come to the conclusion that it happens everywhere.

Let me give you a bit of background.  I spent some time living in Scaryland.  We lived in the kind of neighborhood that a few people visit for the awesome ethnic restaurant, and a few more people visit for the interesting ethnic art museum...but for the most part they take taxis and don't stay long.  I worked in the kind of neighborhood that people don't even take taxis to.  In all our years there, we witnessed a few ugly things, heard of a few more ugly things that happened nearby, but for the most part we got along quite nicely.  Twice I had my (stupidly) lost wallet returned to me...once in person, and once through the mail.  In fact, the only thing that ever attacked me was a 100 year oak tree.

You've gotta watch yourself on the West side of Scaryland!
Then we moved out to the suburbs.  Places like Beautifultown and Lake Lovely and Happiness Heights.  And guess what?
What's that you say?  You'd like a closer look?
Why yes, that IS a bullet hole.
Our car got shot.  Right in downtown Happiness Heights, parked along Main Street.  Huh??  "Ours is a safe town," the very excited cop said, "but these things DO happen."  And now again, with my wallet (sob)...I think Happiness Heights has it in for me.

A lot of people assume that in our work with Safe Families we mainly get children from South Scaryland or Dangerville.  And we do get some from those places, but we also get kids from our own backyard.  Kids who are living in families in serious crisis minutes from our homes.

I am not trying to pick on Happiness Heights or Lake Lovely, nor am I saying I would chose to live on the South side of Scaryland rather than in my cozy burb.  I just want to make the point that bad things happen everywhere.  And likewise, you can find good people everywhere.  Mr Rogers was famous for saying that whenever a bad thing happens, you should look around the scene for all the good people who rush to help.  So maybe we should all worry a little bit less when we venture into Scaryland, and keep our eyes a bit more open when we're in Beautifultown...because you just never know.  Good and bad live side by side everywhere.

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing that you wrote this before yesterday's events & yet it ties in so perfectly. I love the last paragraph. It was beautifully written & so true.

    I found you through the Meet & Greet :)