On Halloween night, I opened my front door to take the trash out when I encountered a startled young teenage girl who was bending down to take one of my children's jack o'lanterns. After running off and jumping into a car with several other teenagers, I noticed another pumpkin already smashed on our driveway.
After hearing about the smashed pumpkin, my two youngest children began to cry. "Why would someone do this?" they asked. They went to bed in tears.
We live in a small town, and I recognized the young lady. She is sweet girl and I believe she is a good person. I think teenagers sometimes get swept up in a moment and don't think about how their actions may affect others.
Later, that night I called this young lady, just to give her a peek inside our home and to tell her the effects of their Halloween prank. I hope each parent of teenagers in the Rim country will share this with their children.
"On Halloween night, when you destroy a pumpkin, you are not just playing a funny prank on a neighbor; you are destroying a special part of someone's holiday. In this case, two little boys were excited to pick out the perfect pumpkins. They sat with their family and created jack o'lanterns and fond memories. Someone destroying a child's pumpkin on Halloween is like smashing a Christmas tree."
Whether it's a child's pumpkin, or the grandmother's who was going to make pumpkin pie, it's sad and it's wrong.
The young lady sincerely apologized, and I believe she truly felt saddened to know she played a part in spoiling a child's holiday. I hope we can all remember the virtues of the golden rule which includes forgiveness.
Richard Haddad, publisher