My stepson realized how quickly a good deed can go wrong today. He volunteered to help his older brother move some furniture into his new apartment. Middle stepson has a big truck and oldest stepson has a Buick.
In the process of transporting a couch, my stepson's truck broke down. He was stuck on the side of a small, two-lane country back road so of course he called his dad. Then his dad called me.
Off we went to meet up with the boy, AAA card and cell phone in hand. Pappaw on the other end of the phone line helping us diagnose the problem with the big red Dodge as we traveled the hour drive to where stepson was waiting.
But having his truck break down on him unexpectedly was the least of his problems. Seems that his bigger problem was the stupidity that comes with being 19 years old and bored.
He and his brother's friend decided to cure their boredom while waiting for help to arrive by taking their air soft pistols out of the truck's tool box and conducting a little target practice in the ditch nearby.
Enter a soccer mom in a mini-van. She comes across a beat up old truck pulled over on the side of the road with two big tall boys shooting guns next to it. How fast can you dial 911?
Two local police cars and a Sheriff's deputy arrive within minutes. My son realizes immediately why they are being rushed by the law, drops his air soft gun and places his hands behind his head in one swift motion. His buddy is a little slower on the draw. The officers step out of their vehicles with shouts of "drop your weapon, drop your weapon now!" with Tasers primed and ready.
The boys were handcuffed face down in the dirt while the officers determined whether or not they were budding homegrown terrorists. Nope, just bored stupid kids.
My son says the officers "chewed them up one side and down the other" but also readily admitted they deserved it.
Officer: What the hell are you doing?
My son: Being Stupid Sir.
Officer: You're damn right you're stupid!
My stepson seemed unfazed by the entire experience by the time we got there. In fact, he told us he knew right away why the cops were there when he saw the first patrol car pull up because, and I quote, "some kid at my church got in trouble for the exact same thing."
Maybe I need to introduce him to the idea of "learning from others' mistakes."