Thanks to all of you who took a moment to visit Cam's site, and especially to those of you who left a hopeful, helpful message in his guestbook. I’ve had people tell me they don’t feel comfortable signing a guestbook for someone they don’t know, and I’ve felt the same way at times. But, reading the notes is such an encouraging thing and I’m sure his family appreciates it, so please continue to stop by if you have a minute. As for us, we'll keep him at the top of our prayer lists.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming ……. Life with the Escoe’s.
I had lunch with the kids yesterday at school, and thought that might be a good time to do a little sleuthing on Brayden’s Mystery Rose Giver. Both of the boys sitting on the bench that morning looked familiar to me, but the “my cousin likes you” comment threw me a bit. I thought the chaos of the cafeteria at lunchtime might be the perfect cover for me to scope the boy out without seeming too obvious. This is pretty much what happened:
Me: Brayden, show me the boy who gave you the rose the other day.
Brayden (pointing to a boy in her class): There, that boy Chris. He gave me the rose.
Me: So Chris likes you?
Brayden: No, his cousin likes me. I guess.
Me: Well, which one’s his cousin?
Reagan (Brayden’s little friend who was sitting next to us, pointing to another boy in their class): That boy Adrian next to him, that’s his cousin.
Me: So the rose was from Adrian? Adrian and Chris are cousins and they’re both in your class?
Brayden: Yes, they’re cousins and they’re both in my class. But no, the rose wasn’t from Adrian, it was from Adrian’s brother, DJ. He’s Chris’s cousin, too.
Me: Oh, OK. I get the family relations, but where’s DJ? Which one is he? Point him out.
Brayden: He doesn’t go to our school.
Me: What do you mean he doesn’t go to your school? Then how the heck does he know you?
Brayden: He used to go to our school. But he was so bad they sent him to another school.
Reagan: Yeah, he was bad. Really bad.
So, great. Brayden is apparently conducting a long-distance relationship with a juvenile delinquent. You know those women you hear about who are pen-pals with men in prison? And then marry them while they’re still in prison and only get to visit for two hours every other Sunday afternoon, and you think, who DOES that? Well, it looks like Brayden might be one of them in twenty years or so.