Last night, Babyface was working late, so instead of wrangling a barking Puppyface and dealing with trick-or-treaters by myself, I decided to sit our bowl of candy outside of our door with a cutesy sign asking kids to only take one or two. A few times throughout the evening, I got up and looked through the peep-hole when I heard kids mulling around because I wanted to see the cute costumes (that’s the best part, isn’t it?). I monitored the candy levels and it seemed like everyone was playing along and in good spirits.
Then, I heard some rustling around 7:30, I got up to check on the kids and guess what I saw? Two sixteen year-old boys without costumes. One who took a single piece of candy from the bowl and turned around. Annoying, but not infuriating. Then, the second picks up the bowl and dumps the rest of the candy in his plastic Kroger bag. He set the empty bowl back down and left with a smile on his face—content he’d hit the jackpot.
I obviously knew this was a possibility. I’m not naive, but seeing it happen made me so uncontrollably angry. I’m not that far removed from 16 (okay 12 years, but still) and even with all the stupidity, hormones and peer pressure of adolescence, I couldn’t even fathom doing something like that. I spiraled into rage. Rage at the kid. Rage at his parents. Rage at our society for making that acceptable. Rage at myself for not opening the door and tearing into the kid. Rage at myself for being so angry about something so insignificant.
But the anger doesn’t get me anywhere. One of my coping mechanisms when some “I hate the world” moment happens is to list the great and inspiring things in life. The list doesn’t have to be long or complete, but I find that focusing on some of the miracles of life helps heal the wounds from times when things aren’t so miraculous. Normally my list includes things like “movie trailers” and “Puppyface” (both amazing) but today, I’d like to focus on some stories that help restore my faith in humanity. Not all humans suck, right? Here are some of the ones that made last night better for me:
- Soldier surprises wife by delivering her food at Chik-Fil-A
- Armless archer sets Guinness World Record
- Barry Manilow donates $300k of musical instruments to Joplin, Missouri schools
- Identical twins give birth one hour apart
- Photographer saves pets by updating adoption photos
Ah, I feel better already.