It's a nice enough day but it's not going my way. I am very rarely in a foul mood but today has been aggravating and it would have to be Sunday, the only day of the week I really make an effort to have a quiet, peaceful day.
My daughter has been on the phone with my wife on and off all day. Her boyfriend has a teenaged son from his first marriage. The kid is a nice enough boy, he never hurts anyone or steals, that kind of thing. But he does smoke marijuana. He has been staying with his mom for the past few years and she lets him do whatever he wants as long as she doesn't have to bother with him. Inevitably, he got arrested a couple of times for having marijuana. Not to sell, and not in any quantity, but he got caught with it. So the judge put him on this suspended sentence thing, where he has to have drug tests periodically. But the dumb ninny kept smoking pot, kept getting reported for busting the drug test, and now he has to go to the court this week where the judge will probably put him in juvenile hall.
You don't have to be very well read to know what happens to kids in there. He isn't going to come out fired with the zeal to quit smoking pot. He may not come out at all, and if he does he won't be the same naive person he was in a lot of ways. His dad is going ballistic and the whole household is in an uproar. There is no harmony at home for anyone in that family now. Personally, I'm torn between rage that anyone, even a kid, could be such an idiot and disgust that the court system is doing this over a casual smoker. If he was stealing, or distributing, or something like that I guess I could see it, but he's not. At the same time, the states are opening up the prisons and letting all manner of trash out of jail because the courts say that the prisons and county jails are overcrowded and that is unconstitutional.
More and more, I feel like I'm living in a version of Animal Farm.