Are children people? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
I was listening to the television this morning as I normally do while getting ready for work. I hear it but little of what I hear actually registers in my brain. I think maybe I have a “stupid” detector set in my brain. It only allows me to hear the stupid or absurd things people say.
Apparently there is some move in my home state of Florida to have a bill passed that would allow cameras to be installed at certain intersections. The cameras would take photos of people who run red lights. These photos would allow the authorities to cite these offenders. The sight of the cameras are supposed to deter offenders from offending.
Florida currently has no law that would allow such cameras. The intersections that need the cameras are owned by the state. Don’t ask. I’ve already wondered why intersections in towns and municipalities can be owned by the state and not owned by said town or municipality. It was a circular thought at best with no legitimate answer.
The local news crew was out interviewing people at the intersections in question to get their opinion on the placement of the cameras. The first two or three people expressed opinions in favor of the cameras. (Why do these interviewers never get an opinion from those opposed?)
The third woman was blabbing away about how it was desperately needed at the most dangerous intersections. How it would stop people from running red lights. How it would be a benefit to all who travel through that intersection. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. It would, after all, save and protect people and children. Yes. That is what she said – people and children.
My stupidity meter went off. Everything I was doing immediately stopped. My ears perked up and I replayed her words in my mind. Did she really say what I heard? She placed children in some species other than people.
OK. Stop there.
I know at times all parents have wondered what species their children really are. Especially after their children have painted their bedroom with permanent markers, or tried drying the dog in the dryer, or failed at boiling a dozen eggs in the microwave. But would you really say that on television? Ok. Maybe you would but it would sound just as stupid coming from you as it did from this lady.
And I am sure my absurd/stupid meter would detect the words you said and I would be writing about them here.
Fair warning. If you are going to say something stupid, be aware of who is listening and try not to say these things to a television reporter or within hearing range of a writer.
From the life and mind of:
Wanda M. Argersinger
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