Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 1 Cor 15:33
The obvious follow up today is to finish the story from my last post; it's about getting the midnight call from the police.
Dania was with four girlfriends and they were coming home from a late showing of Iron Man 3. One of the girls had to pick up her little brother from a friend's house on her way home, so they stopped to get him. This brother had a friend with him. None of the girls wanted the friend to come along but he pressured them for a ride.
Six teenagers driving through a small town at 1:00 a.m. is a magnet for the police.
This friend had a backpack filled with pot and paraphernalia. My husband said when he arrived, it was all lined up on the curb like a mini-drugstore. After a thorough search of the kids and car, the girls were cleared and sent home. The boy was carted off to jail.
My husband, sometimes much wiser, sat her down and talked things through with her. She was angry that the driver (her best friend) had let the guy in the car. She was also scared and slightly humiliated because she was the only one who had to have daddy come and pick her up.
He was able to run through the "what if" scenarios with her:
What if you'd called us before getting into the car with him.
What if you'd told your friend, "No."
What if you'd smoked pot instead of making the right choice.
What if you were seventeen like your friends?
She's got three weeks before she turns 17 and can be charged as an adult.
I'm grateful she's learning these things while under our roof. Of course, I wish we didn't have to go through the struggles, but hopefully she'll be wiser about who she hangs out with and not get misled again.
Blessings to you and may you have a police free weekend!