I couldn’t really come up with a good title for this one. I just knew I wanted to blog about it.
On a recent thread of some friends on Facebook who are all in middle school/high school, there was some joking about one of the high schools not having a good football team, but were the best at smoking weed. Just kidding around, of course. (Just like when I was in high school, EVERYONE knew that Parkway West did the most drugs. ha)
Then, one of the kids posts, “Weed isn’t so bad. If you are going to do something, do weed.”
As a mom (and adult), my mouth dropped open.
One of the other kids quickly wrote back and dispelled that myth because he had just had a speaker in Health class that explained how smoking pot slowly changes you, and by the time you notice the change, it’s too late to kick the habit yourself. Another kid wrote that she’d had the same speaker at a different school. They both remarked about how the guy looked like he had just come from Woodstock, but that’s beside the point, just a funny aside. Probably made him much more credible, though.
Even after that, I just couldn’t let it go. So I wrote,“And, as the token adult in this conversation, I’m going to have to say something “adult-like.” What kind of argument is “if ur going to do something, do weed?” Why would you have to do anything at all? Is there going to be some kind of game show when you go to an interview for a job where they say, “Okay. You have to do some kind of drug in order to get this job. Which one do you choose? Crack? Heroine? or Door #3-Weed?”
Didn’t mean to get all preachy there, just 43 years of experience just boiled up and burst out of me. (C’mon, though. You didn’t really think I’d sit here and not say anything, did you?)”
I really wish this had been a face-to-face conversation. Because you can’t really convey the “you have GOT to be kidding me” look in print.
Part of this kid’s motive was probably to get attention with her comment. But, knowing her a little, I also feel pretty confident that it is also how she feels. This kid just turned 16. And, I’m sure that the word on the street is that “everyone tries it.” Which is the same as when I was that age. And, moments like this immediately transport me back to those days.
I suppose that my biggest shock was not “Oh my gosh! Kids are smoking pot!” but rather, “THIS is what kids think? THIS is the mentality?” Peer pressure is going to knock this girl upside the head. Or she’s going to be knocking someone upside the head with this messed up logic.
I tried to come up with examples of how ridiculous her statement sounded…if you are going to kill someone, use a knife…if you are going to commit arson, burn down an empty building…if you are going to cut off a part of your body, pick the ear…
I’d love some other ideas. I’ve spoken my peace. I’m good now.