A fork in a road. Signs at the fork. The sign leading left: "Illegal". The
other: "Legal." I'm standing at the fork with two high school seniors. We're arguing about how to go forward.
I turn right. I want them to go with me. I turn alone for these two high school seniors smoke weed. They want to continue
smoking weed. They do not want to continue their journey with me for to do so would be to stop doing this illegal thing.
I am tired of their arguments. Tired of "Yeah
but-ing" their defense of smoking marijuana. "Yeah, but weed can hurt your lungs. Yeah but marijuana is a
gateway drug. Yeah but it's dangerous to purchase drugs on the street. You do not know what it's laced with."
"You didn't get caught!" yells the male senior.
"You have a successful life now." Another "Yeah, but"...this one speaking to my screaming fear of
getting caught at that time. I remember. Ah yes, I remember. But I do not speak. I put up my hand. I look this beloved person in the eye. It hurts me that
he uses this story against me. I silently shake my head. Take a step.
A Piece Full World turns right with me. Although A Piece Full World's stated mission is to end workplace and youth bullying
in public schools, there is more at stake for our children. There are drugs. There are lies. These two have lied. I
want to know why. I want to give them an opportunity to explain themselves and so I will. They have agreed to
counter this blog and those upcoming--my continuing my journey to the fork's right--with their decision to turn without me
to the left.
Today I begin dialogue.
am going right, young people. Young people doing illegal things. Young people putting futures in jeopardy. Young
weed smoking people. You smoke weed in alleys and in trees. Dead of the night kind of stuff. You hide and
you lie. Sneak out of windows. You rationalize. Defend your actions. You scream when confronted with your illegal
You have much to lose."
I take a stand.
week I will write about my journey doing legal things. It's, in my opinion, just a better road to travel.