I was born on the wrong side of the tracks. My dad left even before I was born. My mom tried to make up for not having a dad, but I knew it was my fault and if I were'nt in the picture they'd still be together.
When I was old enough I started running with the wrong crowd, but what can I say, they were the family I didn't have. Mom worked all the time. She left the flat before I got up, and came in after I was already in bed asleep most every day and night.
One day I was walking along Jefferson St. and I saw a blue bike like one I saw in the catelog that I wanted, and no one was around so I borrowed it to take a spin around the block. Before I got ten feet someone was shouting stop! That's my bike!
I replied, I'm not doin' anythin' wrong. Just wanted to borrow it for a few minutes. No harm no foul.
What's the problem, I wasn't hurtin' it.
That's my bike and stealing is wrong. Don't you know that was a crime and punishment is usually to be expected? I can cause lots of trouble for you, because of what you've done.
I said, I'm sorry, I don't see that I've done anythin' wrong. I just wanted to test it out and borrow it to go around the block, I'd broughtit back. Why make such a big deal out of it.
He asked, is it your bike? Does it belong to you? or Did you have promission to take it anywhere?
No, no and no. I was'nt goin' to hurt it though.
It does'nt matter, taking something that is not yours is stealing and that is against the law, a crime and people are put in jail for things like that.
Jail! I didn't do anythin' wrong, not really, I was goin' to bring it back after I went around the block, I exclaimed.
Well, I guess I can let it go this time, but don't try that again, someone else might not be so generous. What you did was pretty bad, he said.
Yah, thanks. Got to go now, see ya around maybe.
I took off and ran all the way home, jumping fences and goin' through back yards.
Mom called me to come to the front door, someone was asking for me. Who is it? Come and see, she said.
It was blue bike guy. He asked can I come out and see what He had for me. And I answered, sure, I guess.
When I came out of the flat, there was a silver gray bike standing beside his blue bike. Where'd that one come from, I asked.
Don't worry, I brought it, it's for you.
What for I asked. He said, because I wanted to. But, But, But..... I spluttered.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a reward for the wrong, I just wanted to share my pleasure.
Oh wow, thank you mister. Mom, oh mom come out here and see my bike, I cried.
After years I grew up and married and we have three kids to teach and guide. Lessons like forgiving, and treating others like you would like to be treated, and showing mercy, and not taking things that don't belong to you without promission.
God bless the blue bike guy.
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