Monday, October 31, 2005

Innocence exists nowhere

It's the feeling of innocence lost.

As I mentioned in the previous post, and left you hanging, we were struck by vandals on Saturday night. They were likely the typical bored-ass punk teenagers with nothing to do. Their actions prompted me to write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper which follows below:

After living in the small town that seems as close to paradise as a person could hope to achieve in 2005, we were officially welcomed this past Saturday night.

Only two days before Halloween, a holiday that seems to be the culmination of the growing season and a last hurrah before Minnesota's six-month winter, we found out what a few bad apples can truly do sour the spirits of the ones they rest against.

It may seem like a small event when vandals strike and smash something as trivial as pumpkins. That's exactly what happened, though. After being residents of and first-time homeowners in **** for nearly a year and meeting friendly neighbors and experiencing the treasures the area has to offer, we were beginning to feel welcome, something I never felt living in the immediate suburbs of the Twin Cities.

While this unfortunate event dampens our spirits, I refuse to let one act from the stereotypical 'bored teenagers' take away the good spirits of fall in general and, more specifically, Halloween.

An event suck as this reminds me that no matter what size community I reside in, I must keep my guard up and be conscious of my surroundings knowing that there are people with no respect for other's belongings regardless of where I live.


Scooter said...

Very disappointing. There's no call for that. Flaming poop on the stoop - sure, you have a chance - but your pumpkins can not defend themselves. On the other hand, I know people who leave their garage doors open 24 hours a day seven days a week without so much as a missing bolt. Don't let the hooligans color your view of your community - they're undoubtedly the exception and not the rule.

Brian said...

Yea, it just prompted us to prod the economy in an upward direction by plopping down five bucks for two replacement pumpkins which looked more ghoulish than ever.