Monday, July 18, 2011
Aqua (& thievery)
A canoe was stolen from Bill's Boathouse over the weekend. Two boys just walked down and without even hesitating - took the boat from the dock and paddled away... They were caught on camera but my dad (he and my mom own the boathouse) struggled with what action steps to take ~ does reporting to the police solve the underlying problem these boys have? A few nights in juvenile detention is going to "reform" these boys?
A few words from my dad in an article he submitted to a local newspaper:
We like to see boys fishing. We like to encourage boys who like to fish. We had some worms left behind by a fellow in case kids without cash needed bait. We gave these to the boys. The weather wasn’t the best so they asked for coffee. No charge. The City of Lakewood actually has fishing poles here at the boathouse for use by kids.
And they took a boat. Didn’t ask. We didn’t see it. But the camera did.
An ancient proverb declares, “A foolish son is the calamity of his father.” Maybe ‘calamity’ is too strong a word? “A state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss.”
Is missing a boat a major misfortune? Are these sons a calamity to their dads? Are there dads? And if there are dads, why weren’t they here taking their boys fishing?
I know who these boys are. But I wonder if their fathers do. read the rest of the article here...
Posted by Christina Klas at 9:48 AM