Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pedestrians and Rapists

We'd just had a movie night at my house and one of my friends was going to walk home by herself. Sometimes she doesn't let me walk her home so I tell her to text me when she gets home and to call me in case she gets attacked (that second part is more of a joke). Anyway, I thought it would be gentlemanly of me to walk with her, so I caught up to her. At this point I see an average looking guy/student walking toward us in the darkness.

My friend, in mild protest, says "you don't have to walk me home". Average looking kid still approaching. I said "yes I do." Now he is almost to us. She then jokingly says "I haven't been raped yet have I?" It took me about 1.5 seconds to think about jokingly saying to her "that guy right there could have attacked you", and it took me .5 seconds to decide that joke would be inappropriate. Luckily, average kid didn't even blink.

Average looking kid responds by saying "not yet..." as he casually walks past us on the dark street. Thank you average kid. Thank you. We laughed out loud because the situation seemed to call for it. Everything about it was hilarious rather than creepy. However, it illustrates the point that even in Provo, girls should be more careful.

Another day I was driving home from choir practice in the cold and snow and saw a guy and girl from my choir, walking home together. Because there was a guy there I felt comfortable asking if I could give them a ride. The guy said no and the girl said yes. It was at this point that I started to feel awkward. She got in and I drove her home, but I wondered at the fact that she would just get in the car with an almost complete stranger. I'd only seen her at choir.

Really?! Pull it together and be safer.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lifting Where We Stand

This is by far one of my favorite videos on the mormon messages site. I am so grateful for people whose influence lifts others, like the older boy in this video.

Some people don't say a word, they might just simply smile, but their influence is profound. Just by being at your side they bring you closer to Christ. Especially during this time of year, be that person. Reach out and let your light shine.

Merry Christmas everyone.