To the kids who shot at my car


Dear Kids:

You shot my car with a paintball last night, as I was driving along the highway, just past Morningside. You drove past me and I heard something ping quite loudly off of the side of my car. I was mad. I thought you threw something at my car. I couldn’t believe someone would do something like that, and for no apparent reason.

The rest of the way home, I’ll admit, I was fuming, as I imagined a crater had formed somewhere on the body of my new car. I don’t even have a job right now, so fixing something like that would be a nightmare. I am incredibly deep in debt from my student loans, and I am living with a whiplash injury. Life isn’t as merry as it could be, but I am alive, so I guess it’s not that bad. However, anything money related literally makes me sick to my stomach.

You don’t know this feeling, but you will. After you attend school, withdrawing thousands of dollars in student loans, only to find out upon finishing, there aren’t any jobs, and you really do have to start paying the loan back. The job will come, don’t despair, there are many reasons to go to university but I want you to know, putting a dent in a car is actually a pretty big deal, for a lot of people. Maybe someday you will understand that.

Now, I know you are young and just trying to have fun, and that is OK. Live your life, do things that are a little bit crazy and don’t regret them. You really do only have your youth for so long, and it really is a time to be treasured. However, have smart fun. Don’t do things that may cause people to die. Imagine you had been one split second later, and my car window was opened. You would have shot me in the head. That, I would survive, but driving 100 km/h down the highway, I would have lost control of my vehicle, and flipped it into the ditch. Not many people survive those types of accidents. My car isn’t very big. I doubt it would withstand something like that either.

I am not ready to die. I feel I have a lot left to accomplish. In fact, I love young people, just like you. And I feel bad for the ones who are lost. Those are the people I want to work with. I want them to know that no matter what happens in life, there is always a way out, a way to better oneself. There is always hope.

This is why I didn’t call the police on you. You are probably just normal kids, surely not of the criminal persuasion. I think when police respond to a complaint a parent should be responding too; it sets a young person up for a life of deviance. The stigma that is attached to them and the belief they adopt about themselves as criminals, afterwards, can be enough to send them on a downward spiral. You don’t belong in prison. I would advise that you stay far away from it, in fact. I hope the next time you are out having fun you think a little about how this could potentially end. If someone could die, then you should think long and hard about whether that is something you really want to live with. I bet it’s not. And I’m definitely not ready to go yet.

I am glad you only put a dent in my car. I appreciate your timing.

Andrea D. Smith

Just Posted

Ponoka County agrees to next step for Rimbey Agrim

Full time manager will help Rimbey Agrim Centre’s financial stability

Ponoka County grader lease program will continue

Bridge tender awarded, gravel work extended until September

Over 1,000 barrel racers pouring into Ponoka next week for ABRA Finals

Over a thousand barrel racers will be converging on Ponoka next week… Continue reading

Downhill Derby deadline due directly

Ponoka’s annual soapbox race slated for Sept. 7

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network


RCMP looking for whereabouts of 15-year-old girl missing since June 25

Central Alberta Buccaneers punch ticket to AFL Final

28-20 win over Fort Mac sets up likely date against Calgary Wolf Pack

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act: Bennett

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action thanked the feds

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

What could be next? Five questions in the SNC-Lavalin saga

Will police lay charges? Will report resonate with voters? Will Jody Wilson-Raybould get re-elected?

Most Read