Thank You for Listening…

Storytelling has become synonymous with acceptable deception. The art of conveying the inauthentic.

Elided tales and terse sound bites are the currency of the 140 character economy. Redacted. Reduced. Lessened. But always consumable. We are the Sons of Draper. Scions of Madison Avenue.

And as good sons we tell stories with intent. We convey with express purpose of gain fiscal or personal. But seldom with emotion. Or with gratitude.

So where do we place the things inside of us which are bigger than ourselves. Where do we hold those things which by their very nature should not be contained within the one but shared with a whole?

Where do we put our stories when they shouldn’t be on sale?

It’s funny.

“About that Trayvon Martin Thing” was supposed to be a rant. Just another social injustice that would make some great fodder for snarky commentary. The world is going to hell in a hand basket, but at least I can get some dark humor out of it. Somehow it became a story. No spin – none intentionally placed anyway. I unintentionally shared a story. I didn’t realize it was happening.

In a moment I was able to tell a story. And for a moment I wasn’t sitting in that car alone. I was no longer alone in experiencing the impotent rage of being threatened by a “peace officer”. All because of what I looked like and not because of who I was or what I had done. I was no longer being singled out because I was not alone.

Everyone that took the time to comment. Everyone that sent words of thanks. Everyone that shared their own story. I thank you.

I relived a personally horrifying moment, but this time I wasn’t alone. This time I lived through that moment without fear.

So I thank you. I’m the recipient of gift that I could not have asked for because I did not know it was possible.

I cried out in the dark. Never expecting an echo. Instead I found a wall of humanity built of reflected compassion and collective empathy. I gave away something expecting nothing. And in some strange violation of ever increasing entropy I have received far more than I have given.

For a day. I was wrong about the world.

Thank you.

2 thoughts on “Thank You for Listening…”

  1. Joy shared is multiplied; sorrow shared is divided.

    Your skill as a writer / human being is to let us share your perspective with you. You included us, so we could understand.

    Definitely not a rant. All the “rants” I’ve read lately have skewered an enemy — which includes pretty much everyone who’s not the author, sadly.

  2. , I think this is an unlikely scnreaio. If they were trying to keep Chad on the downlow, brandi wouldn’t have trotted him out to the media in the first place. Very easy to keep him from the press since he’s a minor and b/c it would be easily accepted that it would be too upsetting for him. That said, it looks like felony assualt is not a predicate felony in florida. The applicable language of the statute when death was the intended result. Also, there is no similar language applicable to other persons where the death was not intended by the actual perp.Here, though, I think it would be attempted felony murder since George didn’t die. The law applicable to that is below the first statute, separated by ====== s. Wish I could italicize!Felony Murder***(3) When a human being is killed during the perpetration of, or during the attempt to perpetrate, any:(a) Trafficking offense prohibited by s. 893.135(1),(b) Arson,(c) Sexual battery,(d) Robbery,(e) Burglary,(f) Kidnapping,(g) Escape,(h) Aggravated child abuse,(i) Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult,(j) Aircraft piracy,(k) Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb,(l) Carjacking,(m) Home-invasion robbery,(n) Aggravated stalking,(o) Murder of another human being,(p) Aggravated fleeing or eluding with serious bodily injury or death,(q) Resisting an officer with violence to his or her person, or(r) Felony that is an act of terrorism or is in furtherance of an act of terrorism,by a person other than the person engaged in the perpetration of or in the attempt to perpetrate such felony, the person perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate such felony commits murder in the second degree, which constitutes a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.======Attempted Felony Murder* * *2) Any person who perpetrates or attempts to perpetrate any felony other than a felony enumerated in s. 782.04(3) and who commits, aids, or abets an intentional act that is not an essential element of the felony and that could, but does not, cause the death of another commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, which is an offense ranked in level 8 of the Criminal Punishment Code. Victim injury points shall be scored under this subsection.

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