Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Choosing pity over courage.

November 29, 1993
Dear Bethany,
Hi. Thanksgiving was great! 
Guess what happened today? We were in D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and we were putting skit things together when Connor goes to Fred "He looks like HE'S on drugs!" Even though Fred is a jerk, I still felt bad for him. 

Fred, of the elastic-waisted jeans and I had a common enemy: Connor. 
I do find it interesting that teachers never seem to get involved in these Connor-related fall outs. Where are they during all this? Telling someone they look like they're on drugs when they are ten years old seems like a pretty large offense. 
This is the most sympathy I have handed out thus far. I am relieved to know I actually exhibited signs of caring for other human beings. And god knows I wouldn't actually ASSOCIATE with Fred-- but I would secretly pity him. 
This is the entire entry that day, which means someone else's hurt feelings were the biggest event of my day. Which is nice, if severely lacking in actual courage. 

On a side note, the D.A.R.E. officer who was working this day (and every day) was Officer Mayo. (I think thats right. That could have just been our snarky nickname for him. I can't seem to remember). The same Officer Mayo would six years later be the officer on duty when I wrecked my car in a snow storm. And he remembered me from our D.A.R.E. days together. sigh. 


  1. "Diana"May 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Officer Mayo was the dreamiest. Still is. As of last summer, he still recognized me, remembered my name and my bro's name and was as friendly as ever. My 10 year old crush on him is certainly still present 15 years later. Sigh.

  2. you know i never did DARE myself. explains why i was so late to the game with regards to alcohol and drugs (not that i would ever do those things, they're bad). far after all of the kids who did go to DARE. hmmm counter producitve eh?

  3. oooo. i don't think I ever had a crush on him. I thought people thought he was lame... guess i was wrong. =)
    But yeah, he was a sweet sweet guy about my car wreck. I think he was just happy it wasn't alcohol related.... now if only DARE also adressed driving a VW Bug in snowy weather....

  4. I have a feeling the teacher was probably dealing with something larger than the Connor incident at the time. Maybe I am just hyper sensitive as I was accused of not knowing what was going on in my room while dealing with another incident... sigh