I remember it very clearly.
“Turn your head kids, don’t make eye contact, he is a hitchhiker, DON’T EVER STOP FOR ONE“.
“And, DON’T EVER even think about hitchhiking“.
My parents had us completely scared of hitchhikers. They were basically rapists looking for a victim.
To this day I have never picked up a hitchhiker nor hitchhiked myself….and don’t plan on it in my future.
I recently heard a story about a biker who was biking across town on his usual route. It was a hot sticky day and as luck would have it something happened to his tire. He was stuck there on the side of the road. It was dusk and the mosquitos were starting to bite. As he stood there waiting for his friend to pick him up (the benefit of cell phones these days), he counted the number of cars that passed him. One, two, three,…..sixty, sixty-one. Even a State Trooper. He was amazed at the number of cars that just passed him and did not ask if he needed anything. Maybe just the use of someone’s phone to make a call.
I then last night finally got a chance to watch The Blind Side. (Yes, I am VERY behind on my movie watching). As I am sure most of you have seen this movie and probably know it is about a family who is so welcoming. They bring this not-so-well-off boy into their house without question. Not even a worry as to what may happen. They just take him in, let him stay the night in their house with their children. Sad to say, I found myself saying as watching…lock the kids bedroom doors during the night AT LEAST.
That was a movie. The bike man was the real world. Are we all so afraid of all the sex offenders, rapists, and freaks out there that we have become awful inconsiderate human beings? The bike man was lucky, he had a ride coming. But, what if he didn’t? What if the situation was much worse?
We teach our kids to look away at the dangers out there. To stay clear of strangers for fear of what they could be. Are we teaching them to be inconsiderate, non-caring people in the process? How about you? Would you get involved?
For the record….I tell my kids the same thing as my parents did.