Sunday, October 17, 2010

160 - convicted, over the remains

"i hope the cops catch them..."
my son says

i nod

over the remains
of our pumpkins
in the road

"...so they can
get the help
they need"

i nod again,
convicted.

What can you say in 160 characters? (spaces included) Go see Monkey Man.

So we got hit last night at 2:30 am. The doorbell rang and our pumpkins were gone. I found them in the road this morning, a heaping pile of all the pumpkins in our neighborhood. I was not thinking happy thoughts, but my son set me right, after he shed a few tears. Though someone gave me the idea of putting a snake inside the next one and I entertained the thought briefly. Smiles.

103 comments:

adeeyoyo said...

I'm sorry Brian... some people do like to spoil the fun... could be a non-poisonous snake...

Valerie said...

Sad! I don't see the point of destruction or vandalism, whatever you like to call it. What goes on in people's minds to do these things ... or is it the fault of drink and drugs, the most popular excuses that are used these days.

Kay said...

dang hoodlum kids... although, put a twist of thankfulness into it... now you can do them again!! :) How fun!

lettuce said...

ah, so nicely done

bunch of gits tho.
sorry, excuse the language... but really.

:-[

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Fireblossom said...

Pumkicide is no light matter.

There, no typos!

Birdie said...

oh sorry to hear that Brian! I don't get this kind of behaivour :-( ... thanks goodness nothing 'worse' happened ... having read at Cinners about the attempted break in ... the boys must have been really sad, it breaks my heart just imagining ...

Me said...

Wow, your son is wise beyond his years.

Sorry for the loss of your pumpkins...some people's children. Sheesh.

5thsister said...

Out of the mouths of babes. How often is it when our children are the ones who set us straight?

TechnoBabe said...

For a young person to think of getting help for someone who just acted in a dishonest manner shows the sweet heart of the young man. For him to get past his own disappointment and move to caring about the perpetrator is a sign of maturity many older people don't reach. You and your wife are doing a wonderful job raising your children.

Pauline said...

Pumpkin smashers don't have an ounce of sense or compassion. Your son is right, a little help wouldn't be amiss. Perhaps if caught they should be required to help all the neighborhood kids carve new pumpkins. Or you could do what my dad did - he hid behind a bush near the house with his old army gas mask on, leaped out at the right moment with a terrible groan, and scared the pumpkins smashers in our neighborhood so badly they ran screaming in ten directions.

Brian Miller said...

@pauline...haha...i like that...

@techno....we are rather proud of them...smiles.

sheila said...

Spoil sports! You need to put one of those scary motion triggered mats on the ground before the porchsteps so that when the pumpkin stealers step onto it it makes a skrieking scary halloween noise and scares the crap out of them. lol.

Cheryl said...

Gotta agree with TechnoBabe on this one. Widsom beyond his years.

Claudia said...

"...so they can
get the help
they need"

how sweet is that - your son rocks brian!

Lorraine said...

Wow is he like you or what? it was worth all destruction of the pumpkins just to see how impressive your son is...and I'm sorry...there is too much anger out there...a child to remind us that a lot of anger needs care..

izzy said...

Good piece! Time to gather up the people
in your neighborhood and have a nice long pumpkin parade- Never ever let destruction have the last word!

DJan said...

That poem says it all. And yes, you are doing a great job raising kids who think like that. Considering your own worldview, I am not surprised at all. Sorry about the loss of your pumpkins.

Tracy said...

Darn it. Why do people do that? I know they are probably "just kids". Still...

Dave King said...

Only briefly? I congratulate you!

Anonymous said...

God bless his noble, sweet, loving heart. :)

shubho bijoyadashami (happy vijayadashami)!

trisha
mydomainpvt.wordpress.com

Tina said...

Oh I hate when others spoil the innocent fun of children. Your kids sound sweet, and smart, and you I'm sure are very proud of them!

Candie Bracci said...

This is so mean.So sorry.I vote for the snake in the next one!

Jerry said...

scoundrels all are they.

natalee said...

UGH>>>> You know it was a bunch of teenagers that need an a$* whooping... Right??? I hate that... I'd put a snake on one next time or tar on it.... Bwahahaha (thats my evil laugh) Yoiur poor boys...:(

annell said...

I's it all a part of Halloween? The Pumpkin terrorists!

Daniel said...

Show up, in a good way. Good lesson, but your pumpkins have my sympathy. This would tick me off.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Brian:)

I can some what understand if someone has robbed the pumpkins to cook and eat but to throw the pumpkins on the road and waste them is is nothing but spoiling the fun of kids. These vandals have tried to get some sadistic pleasure.I am sorry for you children that such a thing has happened.

Best wishes Brian:)
Joseph

lukepraterswordsalad said...

I always enjoy yr obvious attention to the craft of poetry... here your use of just the essential words (ie word-economy) is a delight. Oh those poems that go on and on... redundant stanzas, one after the other... there is a lot to be dais for the power/impact of brevity, when the words are well-chosen.

Write on, man

Luke @ WordSalad

ladyfi said...

What a compassionate boy you have!

Mona said...

Someone stole your pumpkins???

may his wife have to live her life ever after in a pumpkin shell!

izzy said...

Ooops- forgot to leave a link!
http://izzy-conversing.blogspot.com/2010/10/sunday-160.html

Lori said...

I'm sorry that someone and likely more than one, thought that taking your pumpkins and smashing them was a fun way to spend their night. Your son's words, "...so they can get the help they need" touched my heart. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it? Happy Sunday to you and your beautiful family. XX

Hilary said...

I just read TechnoBabe's comment and will let it speak for me as well since it was precisely how I was thinking to read this.

This is a standard behaviour on our street. We started keeping the pumpkins in the back yard and only carving and displaying them the day of Hallowe'en.

I'm sorry for your kidlets' disappointment.

PattiKen said...

Oh, that lad is clearly his father's son. ;-) Happy Sunday, Bri.

Cinner said...

Brian, you know what they did was just hurtful, so sorry for your children, and I agree with TechnoBabe
you and your wife are great parents. your poor little one shedding tears, the pumpkin smashers, shame on them, will there be new pumpkins for the boys. be safe my friend.

Deidra said...

I'm joining the Techno-babe group!

Here's to new pumpkins all around!

Dorraine said...

You have a great kid there! But I know from past experience how tramatizing vandalism can be, not only for parents, but for the kids.

Even such things as pumpkins. They take on greater significance to little ones.

One year, for Christmas,the girls helped me make styrofoam peppermints. We put them on tall sticks and placed them in the front yard. One night they all disappeared, and the girls spotted one down the sidewalk, torn to shreds. They cried so hard.

moondustwriter said...

I'm laughing at Shay - that woman.
Oh back to reality - that was really terrible Brian.

What a mess

Happy Sunday

Moonie smiles to you and the Millers

TALON said...

It's so upsetting when people desecrate things... Your son is a wise young man - a credit to his parents.

Alice Audrey said...

Ooo, a snake! That's a good... no. Wait. What am I thinking?

David Waters said...

Ive always hated when that happens...that and being tp'd...ugggg :(

Pat said...

I never DID understand the joy of smashing other people's pumpkins! I hope when these kids grow up and have kids they will feel the heartache they caused. Bullies! I like the idea of the snake inside! Ha ha!

Zuzana said...

Oh, I am so sorry over the fate of your pumpkins. How sad actually, that someone out there thinks this kind of destruction is enjoyable.
I hope you still can have a nice rest of the weekend, here it is getting slowly dark already...
xoxo

Monkey Man said...

Good for your son. I, like you, would prefer a snake or high voltage as a means of revenge. Great 160, Brian. Thanks for playing.

Carmi said...

I wish those who steal and destroy could truly appreciate the hurt they cause in the process. I remember when my house was robbed years ago. The feeling of violation is as visceral today as it was then. I wanted to beat the living tar out of whoever had done it.

I'm sure these cretins have long since forgotten what they did to me - and likely countless others whose homes they "visited". I haven't, and I hope karma ultimately catches up with them.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

BAD people!!! I don't get vandalists - is it really that hard to respect other people's property? is their envy and complex so hard to control? My husband once put a load of dog's crap inside a newspaper then wrapped it back and left it by our front door as a nice "surprise" to the jerk stealing our paper on daily basis...

gospelwriter said...

You are a wise man - I absolutely love the final two lines from one who can only nod. I'm reminded yet again of those sage words: "and a little child shall lead them", so true. Great 160!

Strummed Words said...

Sorry about the pumpkins. Some people like to spoil other people's fun! Well put! Do hohe they get caught.

Scott said...

Villains and scoundrels! You put the scene out there so eloquently though. Out of the mouth of babes, I tell you what.

Caty said...

your son sounds like he has an amazing character. I'm sorry you got vandalized though...

blueviolet said...

Teenagers are so annoying!

Betsy said...

Awww...your sons is SO sweet and wise. But I think I know who taught him such good thoughts. ;)

We had that happen once years ago.

Eva Gallant said...

It's a shame that some people just have to be destructive.

Prayer Girl said...

Well there are worse things in life, but for young people and the young at heart, this ranks right up there with the worst. Sorry this happened, but isn't it wonderful that your son is so wise.

PG

gayle said...

Sorry this happened!! Sounds like you have an awesome sone!! Those kids do need help!!

secret agent woman said...

That's one of my least favorite things about Halloween - it seems to bring out that sort of behavior in some.

Lorenzo said...

Nice one, Brian. If you are 'convicted', that makes me an'unindicted co-coinspirator', to use the terminology of the Watergate era.

deb said...

like father like son I think.

and that nonsense is common here as well.
don't get it at all.

emily wierenga said...

your son's heart is beautiful.

Tammie said...

ah, that is too bad about the pumpkins. Perhaps a motion light would help. Snake is not a bad idea either.

great that you used it for a writing inspiration.

Debbie said...

How horrible! Thanks for the visit to my blog!

Cindybrown said...

we learn form our kids as much as they do us...I hate when people destroy other peoples belongings, even if it is a pumpkin..I might consider doing a harmless booby trap to the next pumpkin if I were you :)

Just Be Real said...

Hmmmm.......you see more and more of this kind of behavior now-a-days. Very sad. Blessings to you Brian.

Victoria said...

It happens every year. I'm just waiting. The snake idea is a thought, but I'd be the one to freak out. Like the play on words...convicted!

Mine is here:
http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/thoughts-on-the-approach-of-november-2nd-sunday-160-my-200th-post/

Matty said...

It's that time of year. Maybe you should fill one with, um, dog poo.

sage said...

Sorry, it's tough on the kids. THe snake idea is fun, but up here, it's too cold for the snake to move at night and it'd be run over by cars (or pounded by pumpkins)

william said...

is there anything safe lol :)

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Halloween pranks. ACK! Makes me wonder about why some people can only have "fun" at others' expense?

Unknown Mami said...

Your son is wonderful.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your son has a loving heart. He may just reach the hearts of those vandal.
Su-sieee! Mac
This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...Wow! Out of the mouth of babes...I agree with your son wholeheartedly.
I'am most definitely, so sorry to read about the vandalism too!
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-(

By the way, nice use of 160 words.

Marlene said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. That was quite a lot to say in 160 words, I still cannot understand why some people just have to ruin others happiness.

Tony Single said...

Convicted indeed. It's amazing how young ones can still set us oldies straight on a few things, isn't it. Lesson well learned. :)

KB said...

I love the way you celebrate Halloween so early. It's not a huge deal in NZ and in most cases, just celebrated by kids dressing up for the one night. So sorry about your pumpkins.

Bernie said...

I think this is common procedure all over...happens here all the time as well. Why I don't know, I'm not sure that we did it as kids or at least I hope we didn't.....I love your son's idea.....so cute. I hope he has a wonderful Halloween and I know you will carve another pumpkin just to see him smile...Hugs

Sophia said...

I chuckled at the snake comment...funny but not, huh? SO feel you there on that one.

Must get to bed. SO tired from things and dreading going back to work to a place that sucks just as much life out of me as do others.

She said...

a wise one, your son...must get it from his dad (if you put the snake in one, then I retract the last part of my comment :)

Friko said...

is this for real, not fiction?
whatever, it is brilliant.
I like your style.

Goofball said...

pumpkin mousse on the road....the cops should come as that makes the road terribly slippery


I'd be quite pissed off if I were the victim of vandalism. Your son takes it very well

JStar said...

This is crazy Brian...Kids, I tell ya...

the walking man said...

You could always use the Detroit method. I don't think I need explain how that works.

drybottomgirl said...

What joy people get out of smashing a pumpkin to bits must rank right up there with smashing mailboxes. Senseless to say the least, but what a great response your son had. I hate when our children have to hurt, and we have to stand by and let it happen because it's just one of those things....but good 160 none the less.....

gautami tripathy said...

You son has great insight...

totality

BLOGitse said...

There will always be those who want to spoil the fun...
I agree with TechnoBabe...

Gaston Studio said...

If it were only true that "they could get the help they need" by being caught, it might make the whole event less traumatic for everyone.

Mama Zen said...

That is so aggravating!

AmyLK said...

Oh no! That's MEAN! And its not even mischief night yet. I like the idea of a snake though....

The Empress said...

Why does this happen? And how can people think it's fun?

So sad for your boys to see.

I asked my 3 about it, and they all agreed that they'd never ruin someone's things for fun.

So very sorry for your little guys to see this side of the world already.

clean and crazy said...

what a wise little man you have there to have the compassion to see those that tried to harm him need help...

of course unless he was talking about the pumpkins..

Emmanuel Ibok said...

LoL...dramatic...Fun family you got!

evalinn said...

A wise little man! :-)

Meeko Fabulous said...

It's sad the things people will do these days. Maybe you should rub your pumpkins with poison ivy . . . That would certainly teach them a lesson. :)

Mighty M said...

Someday those prankster kids will grow up and if they're lucky have kids of their own and only then may the know the disappointment that can come with such vandalism. Down with pumpkin smashers! :(

n. davis rosback said...

you guys gotta toughen up a little...
if you are gonna dip your toes into halloween...
you have to be ready for the tricks!


i have smashed a few pumpkins, and soaped a few windows, and t-p's a few trees in my youth.

but, never eggs or wax...i wasn't a total hoodlum.
more like 3/4 hoodlum.

actually some t-pin' sounds kinda fun.

once my sister t-ped the inside of her boyfriend's car.

as well as my dad did it to his brother.

someone t-ped our trees once...oh, it was beautiful. i didn't know toilet paper could be so pretty. we should have used it for prom deco.

happy pumpkin guts.

have you heard of the trick of using
rosin, string and a nail?
my dad taught me that one.

Magpie said...

I'm still trying to catch up from being away from the internet. I don't understand people with this mindset, but obviously your son has had a good example set for him. Good job, Brian and Jen.

Syd said...

That is sad. We had that happen when we lived in a subdivision. Some kids smashed the one that we carved. It soured things for me. Now no one stops by for Halloween, except the squirrels.

Beedeebabee said...

That's so mean. :(

The good thing is you have time to get some new pumpkins for your little guy...and maybe keep these in the living room window. ;)

Jill said...

Ummm, I am mailing you a large venomous snake TODAY! No one messes with the pumpkins!!!!!!!

Don't mess with the kiddos!

Mmm said...

WHOA!! Oh that is sooo good. What a whammie of an ending. Love it, Brian. :)

California Girl said...

Sorry to read this. I know everyone experiences destruction of one kind or another; some worse than others. When I was a kid, our neighbor's son blew up our mailbox w/ a cherry bomb. He did it more than once. My dad knew it was him and ranted and raved but he couldn't prove it. The family had 6 kids and the last two, boys, were terrors. The mother was probably so tired by then she'd given up any sort of discipline at all.

Motion detector alarms (loud alarms) will scare the thieves next time.

Marla said...

I am a bad influence. I would go with the snake idea. I have some in my barn, in case you go the evil route. :-)