We live in an era where it seems like everything is the the fault of those younger, more sprightly, and more tech-savvy than oneself. Bad economy? “Kids nowadays just don’t know how to put in an honest day’s work.” Government problems? “Tsk, those millennials are too busy twittering to vote!” Shabby-looking flower beds? “GET OFF MY LAWN!”
But every once in awhile, I come across a story that makes me question the conventional wisdom the it’s the children of our country who are the pouty and dramatic ones. Sometimes–also like the conventional wisdom of television has taught me–it’s the overbearing mothers.
From News on 6:
SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma - A Halloween heist was caught on camera when a couple of teenage girls stole several pumpkins from the front porch of a Sand Springs home, breaking the hearts of the three kids who hand-picked the pumpkins.
“We do a lot of decorating each year for all the holidays,” said Lori Nance.
Halloween is no exception, and Lori Nance makes sure her house is decked out for the holiday. But those decorations are just a small part of the family’s spooky celebration.
The real tradition happens when the family heads to the pumpkin patch…
…Carter, the eldest, picked a white one. Sara went the more traditional route with a great big, orange pumpkin and her little sister, Katie, followed in Sara’s footsteps.
But on Saturday night, the three pumpkins turned up missing, putting another Nance family tradition in peril.
“I didn’t know if we were gonna get to carve them this year, and we usually do that each year, and I was really sad,” Sara said.
What the teens didn’t realize is the Nances have a sophisticated security system. The whole thing was recorded.
And Lori, who said she’s not much for social media, decided to put out a warning to others by posting a still shot of the girls on Facebook.
“But I thought, ‘You know, to save someone else the harm of other kids being sad, let other people know about it,’” Lori said.
An hour and a half after that post, the Nances’ doorbell rang.
“‘I’m very sorry for stealing your family’s pumpkins,’” Lori read. “‘I realize it was very childish and selfish of me and my friends. We apologize for upsetting your kids.’”
It was the two young girls with their parents. They returned the pumpkins, along with a handwritten letter.
“It was probably tough for them to do. Definitely, you could say they were very nervous, but good for them, though,” Lori said…
…”I think this is a good example, even to show my own kids, that even if you do make a bad choice, you can apologize and you can say, ‘I’m sorry,’ and you can own up for what you did,” Lori said.
Lori said the family accepted the pumpkins and the apology, no questions asked and said she never intended on calling police.
“I think it was a good thing for them. I’m not mad, I’m not upset. I’m happier for them that they were able to come and do the right thing,” Lori said…
…The teens reportedly returned pumpkins to other homes in the Nances’ neighborhood.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this article is telling me that a family–who, judging by their “sophisticated security system” probably had the funds to purchase three more pumpkins–was “sad” and “heartbroken” because their uncarved pumpkins were taken by some suburban teenager girls?
Sure, stealing–even trivial lawn decorations–is unsavory, and if my parents caught me stealing pumpkins in my youth, they probably would have made me apologize, return the gourds, rake their lawn, and grounded me for the rest of the month. So what if the previous week they drove the getaway car while my friends and I strung toilet paper all over other neighbors’ Bradford pear trees? Not all pranks are created equal, and this is the truth that kids nowadays need to learn.
But can we all agree that
Linus and Lucy this Lori Nance lady took the whole thing a little too seriously? If say, masked intruders, Juggalos, or Pig Pen stole my pumpkins, hell yeah I’d post that footage on Facebook. I’d probably take the tape to the police station and demand 24-hour surveillance of my residence too. That mysterious cloud of dust is pretty spooky, Charlie Brown!
But a couple adolescent girls? I mean, most moms of three I know are too busy Pinteresting or reading the Pioneer Woman or posting a five-paragraph long “I’m so blessed, my husband and kids are wonderful!” Facebook statuses to have the time to publicly shame nonviolent teenage pranksters. But what do I know? Lately, I’ve been kinda busy Pinteresting and reading the Pioneer Woman and posting five-paragraph long “I’m so blessed, my cat is wonderful!” Facebook statuses to give it much thought.
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