I am disappointed in some of you.
I’m sorry. I’ve tried to be understanding, but anger kept getting in the way.
I’ve tried to put myself in your shoes, but I still couldn’t justify your actions.
The truth is that some of you have behaved badly.
You have been childish and selfish, and I hope in the future you conduct yourself more appropriately, but I have my doubts.
Some of you risked your life this weekend. You ignored the warnings of authorities. You disregarded the safety of others. You gave no thought to the feelings of your family or the future of your children. You left the safety of your homes, got into your vehicles and drove on icy streets because you were bored.
Excuse me?? Since when is boredom a serious health condition?
We are celebrating the life of a man who spent twenty-seven years in prison and you couldn’t stay in the comfort of your home for three days?
People who want to be home with their families have been out in the cold rescuing stranded motorists and you risked adding to their burdens for the sake of entertainment?
Shame on you!
And some of you who are parents set a poor example for your children this weekend. You told them by your actions that we don’t really have to behave sensibly or logically or listen to the wisdom of others because “that won’t happen to me”. Let’s see how you like it when your teenager applies that same logic to other risky behaviors.
This is almost over, but emergency personnel are still scrambling to take care of people who have no power, no heat, and yes, some who have no common sense. People have been injured. Lives have been lost. This experience should serve as a warning to us all to be more prepared and more aware of the impact of our weather conditions.
It should also serve as a lesson in responsibility and self-control. Ask yourself this question: If you drive to the store “just to get out of the house” and happen to slide across the median and hit another car and kill someone, do you really want to tell their family that you did it because you were bored?