When flipping to a news station you’re bound to find a death or two. But the news normally throws us a heart-warming tale of a citizen helping others or someone doing successful in this bad economy. The news failed us last week in California. The deaths and violent acts last week were unspeakable and the amount was alarming. In Oakland alone, they had increased their police force because the homicide rate this year reached, 71. In San Jose, once one of the safest big cities is now growing rapidly in violent crimes.
One crime stood out among them all. A nine-year-old boy and his parents came to California on a trip and went to a Giants baseball game. After the game, they had walked across a street and a car hit the boy. The driver left the scene of the crime and went on to hit a few more cars. Through witnesses the cops arrested the man, Vargas, who had made it back to his house in Hayward. To make matters worse the driver was intoxicated. The boy is still in critical care. The Giants gave the boy a moment of silence to pray for him to get better. That act brought me to tears. Sometimes it’s the smallest act that gives us hope in troubling times.
Last week did have an uplifting story of a 15-year-old hero. Two 15 year-old friends were fiddling with a bb gun, without any bullets in it, at one of their homes. The father came home and was followed into the house by three robbers. One of the robbers put the father in a chokehold. The brave and smart friend picked up the empty bb gun and aimed it at the robbers. Although he had no bullets he went ahead and pretended he was putting a round in the chamber of his gun. This sound worked because it scared the robbers enough to leave. If the boy hadn’t scared the robbers, who knows what would have happened to boys and the father.
In weeks like last week, I put my focus on the good stories. We need to cherish the stories of people taking a moment to think of others and give them good wishes. We need learn from brave heroes that find ways to protect themselves from crime. So this week I’m going to be determined to find one story filled with hope.
I would love to hear from you. Do you have any uplifting stories from the news?