When’s the last time you took a look something completely random that made you stop and think ‘now that’s just wrong!’ Today, I looked (I mean REALLY looked) at this mailbox that’s been in my neighborhood for as long as I’ve lived here (close to 15 years now). Yes, I’ve of course looked at it before because I’ve dropped mail into it a zillion times over the years, each time mumbling to myself about the stupidity of its placement.
I mean, look at it! Today, it really bothered me…enough that I took this photo. As I climbed back into the car where my husband was patiently waiting and wondering why I felt the necessity to take a photo of a public mailbox, I remarked to him about the incredible nitwit who must have installed this thing, wondering if he was in fact an employee of the USPS. Or, if after inspection of this mailbox installation, he lost his job.
Which then got me to thinking about all the things of much greater importance that are just WRONG in this world. Inexplicably WRONG. Like two normal looking guys, living a nice life in an amazing place where schools like MIT and Harvard churn out incredible brain powers, yet rather than assimilate into that incredible fold, instead they attempt to turn an entire nation on its heals.
This has been one of those memorable weeks that I’ll remember for decades to come. While the horrifying drama at the Boston Marathon was front and center, it played out in live coverage on every media format, reminding all of us who enjoy the liberties of our United States that life on this earth can be fleeting. In the blink of an eye, it can be over… or forever changed in the most profound way, perpetrated by the darkest of evils..times two.
WE THE PEOPLE…until last Monday, that included those insidious monsters who were living amongst us.
As I stared at that mailbox today, I wondered how it could be so obviously turned around backwards, and placed to the exact WRONG edge of the sidewalk, with zero proximity for a drive-by mail drop, yet remain credibly functional.
How is it that we can so easily overlook the WRONG that’s right in front of us every day? In the case of these two dastards, the media reports that there were in fact warnings. Warnings from another nation, no less. But, like a suspicious lesion, until it’s on the move, warnings can be taken too casually. Maybe mildly investigated, but often dismissed as ‘nothing’. Like cancer, once metastasized, it’s often too late. Criminals and cancer…they have a lot in common.
WE THE PEOPLE…Boston showed us the meaning of those words this week. I’d like to pop a letter into that backward cockamamie mailbox, addressed to that coward caught like a bloodied worm cornered inside of a parked boat. It would read:
WE THE PEOPLE OF THIS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WILL NOT BE TERRORIZED BY YOUR COWARDLY ACTS OF VIOLENCE. WE THE PEOPLE WILL STAND VIGILANT
TO PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS.
WE THE PEOPLE.
THAT USED TO INCLUDE YOU,
BUT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR FREEDOM TO EVER AGAIN BE ONE OF US.
YOU ARE NOT ONE OF ‘WE THE PEOPLE’,
YOU ARE NOW AND FOREVER A COWARD,
WHERE YOUR SOUL WILL DWELL WITHOUT THE FREEDOM
TO EVER AGAIN CALL THIS GREAT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA