Life happens and then we have to deal with it. Often times it’s messy but sometimes it’s breathtaking.
However, when tragedy comes, and it will, we need to begin to re-evaluate our response. For me, the tragedy is a time to reflect on the love we have for one another, how delicate our lives are in the balance. Have we done good?
Can we do more?
But what we cannot do is legislate away the boogieman.
No matter how badly I want to, I can’t make it against the law for the brain tumor to take my dad.
LOVELAND, Colo. — A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing.
The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play.
“I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it.
“It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says.
He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a box with pretend evil forces inside.
“I pretended the box, there’s something shaking in it, and I go ‘pshhh.’”
The boy didn’t throw anything real or make any threats against anyone. He explains he was pretending to be the hero. “So nothing can get out and destroy the world.”
But his imaginary play broke the school’s real rules. The school lists “absolutes” designed to keep a safe environment. The list includes absolutely no fighting, real or imaginary; no weapons, real or imaginary.
That is insane. We’ve gone too far.
Don’t like people shooting people with guns? Make shooting people with guns illegal. Then, make the penalty as harsh as required to drive down the incidence of people shooting people with guns.
But let the boys play “Rescue the world.”