The Truth About Rogue Winds

The Other Side of the Story is painfully personal this morning. How do you know the rogue winds are back again? Well...Last night when I heard our dog bark and the door bell being rung by the news reporter from channel 5 TV, it sounded a lot like the rogue winds. She just wanted to interview our son Adam who is in the news again and get his side of the story. Her 10:00 news piece was too long and had me squirming in my lazy boy. It presented only a one dimensional side to a young man whose name will forever be connected with the richest man in the world, the computer wizard Bill Gates.

From his parents view, we brought all of our children up by the principle that God loves honesty and hates lying. When Adam was only 4 years old there were scratches on our almost new Chevy Caprice. Cheryl and I were certain that Adam was too young to do this and we were about to punish his older brother when Adam stepped up to say, "I made those scratches, don't punish Bryan." At 5 years old, Adam brought home the baby bird that was orphaned by its mother and kept it warm by sleeping with it tucked next to his heart, and our parental hearts swelled with pride. This began Adam's lifelong habit of bringing home animals that had been injured, like the turtle whose shell was crushed by a Goodyear and The baby hawk who had been stunned by a speeding Ford Taurus and then nursed back to health by a young Adam so it could soar to freedom again.

These days I question bringing up a child to be so open and naive. To raise a child to trust in the authorities, believing that they reward truth telling. Certainly Adam has made some mistakes. Perhaps his biggest mistake was to tell the truth. As I am learning, the legal system doesn't value honesty. The Miranda rights should read, "Whatever you say will be twisted and used against you in a court of law with very little honor."

I am feeling a lot of sadness in my heart right now with the potential consequences ahead for my son. I am sad also because the consequences will come as a result of telling the truth. If he had said nothing and denied everything there would be no case and no pending trial. It is a sad state of affairs when I as a parent regret raising my child to believe in the truth. Oh yes, I still trust in God...but in the doubts grow stronger each day.

And those rogue winds...they're surley gonna come again. No...I can't control the wind, but I can adjust the sails.

For HealthQuest Longevity Center...This is Dr. Dana Pletcher

with the...Other Side of the Story.