Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sentimental Sunday The Hero Was Wronged

The Hero, when he was little, was...how should I say it...'strong willed.'  He thought in terms of black and white.
Our story was when her was about 8 years old.  He had boarded the bus to go home.  Everyone was josled about trying to get into their seats.  He slipped into a seat only to have a girl, who was a grade ahead of him, start yelling "He hit me and took my seat."  Fists balled up, the Hero said, "Did not."  Right in his face, she yelled, "Did too." 
The bus driver came back to see what was happening.   He grabbed up the Hero, who was protesting he was innocent, and escorted him off the bus.  He was suspended from the bus for a week and had to walk home, not a short walk.
The day he was allowed back on the bus, he walked up to the girl who had caused him the problems, and knocked her down.  The bus driver, who was standing by the bus door, rushed over and asked the Hero,"Why did you do that?".  The Hero told the bus driver matter-of-factly "I don't like to be punished for something I didn't do." 
The bus driver never turned him in for that incident and the girl left him alone after that.
Do you have and opinion about his behavior?  I will tell you in his defense, he was always a gentleman, and taught his sons well.  Was it acceptable?  There was probably a better way to handle the frustration, and injustice, but to a boy of 8...well, I cut him some slack.  Okay, I am prejudice.   
(The stories you hear on Sundays are from the Hero's perspective.  We spent hours of our life together sharing our stories and history.  From today's perspective, probably the best hours of our life together.  Now I am sharing his stories for his grandchildren to be able to know him, but if others enjoy them along the way, he would have liked that too.)