Many of the kids in today’s world scare me a little. It’s not that I find them threatening, by any means. I just worry for their future since so many of them just don’t seem to get it. They have been too sheltered. They have been too coddled. And they have had so many things done for them that some just cannot do anything for themselves.
But there are a few who shine a small ray of hope that all is not lost for their future. They are self-starters. They learn by example. And they are able, at a young age, to think outside of the box. This blog post is about a kid who completely altered the box.
During an all-inclusive vacation with his family, “Tony” (the name has been changed to protect the guilty) took it upon himself to bend the rules of the resort. Upon check in, adults are given orange wrist bands and children are given green wrist bands. This is to distinguish whether or not guests of the resort are allowed to partake in the adult beverage portion of the all-inclusive vacation. Tony was absent-mindedly playing with his band and realized that one side was green and one side was white. A light bulb clicked on in Tony’s brain and he ran to find his golf bag. He reached into his collection of colored Sharpies and proceeded to color the white band orange.
A few hours later, Tony’s parents got a call from the Front Desk telling them that Tony was with security and they were asked to meet them at the reception desk. When they arrived, Tony showed the signs of having had a few cocktails before being busted. Ironically, Tony still had a cocktail in his possession and continued to drink it while his parents talked to the security guard. Laughter ensued and pictures were taken of Tony with the security guard. Apparently, what happens in Mexico doesn’t necessarily stay in Mexico!
Today, “Tony” turns eighteen. There is one full calendar year before he is of legal age to drink. I know there will be more moments until his nineteenth birthday that he will bend a few rules when it comes to imbibing in some alcoholic beverages but, I have to say, I have no doubt that his quick, analytical brain will take him a long way in this life. Happy birthday, buddy!!