Maybe you should stop.Posted: December 6, 2009
Saturday morning, my son’s marching band performed in a nearby Christmas parade. Mrs. O, a few other parents and I walked with the band to take care of any needs that might arise along the route that connects two small towns. Broken drumsticks, illnesses, shoes that come untied, Santa hats that fell off, we were there to fix what was wrong and keep the band moving.
Moving down the street with a parade gives you a chance to see a pretty good cross-section of the population. It is really interesting to watch people in the crowd as you go by them. Today, I am writing about one person I saw in the crowd.
I spotted a woman on one of those electric scooters. She was sitting at the curb, with an oxygen tank leading to a tube in her nose. She was smoking.
I know smoking is an addiction and that addiction is powerful. I have friends I love who smoke and wish they could stop. I wish for them.
Still, isn’t the fact that your lungs are so bad you must have oxygen shot up your nose enough to cause one to realize it is time for some introspection and change? Maybe the combination of having oxygen shot up your nose and being immobilized on a Rascal power chair? Maybe not.
Perhaps the fuel, ignition source and oxygen equation we all learned in second grade science would be an attention getter. It was for me.
Lady, please, if you are still going to smoke until you explode in flames, could you consider not doing it along parade routes? Self immolation just kills the whole holiday vibe.