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Topic: Orange (the color) (11/19/09)
TITLE: Running the Lights
By Matthew Eldridge
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“Easy on the brakes , son,” I prodded as he rolled up to the stop sign, pressing the brakes in quick rapid steps, jerking the car and giving me a headache.
As we approached the light, I noticed it was a stale green and I told him to gun it so we wouldn’t miss it. I normally wouldn’t give such bad advice, but that light was notorious for not changing for an entire ten minutes.
“Are you sure, dad?” The young teen questioned!
“Unless it’s a deep red, keep going.”
As we approached the next light, I assumed Thomas would’ve stopped, but he kept going, right on through the intersection. He caught me off guard and I pushed my foot to the floor as if there were brakes on the passenger’s side.
Before I could even comment, Thomas continued on through the next light as well. I heard the screeching of tires and metal crunching into metal behind us. Thomas kept going, escaping the collision. The cars at the intersection did not.
The third light was quickly approaching and I hollered “STOOOOP!!!!!!!” Thomas raced through that light as well. Again, I heard the sounds of cars crashing behind us.
“Thomas! What are you doing? Why’d you run the light?”
“You said unless it was a deep red, keep going! That light was orange!”
“What?” I protested. “Pull over! Pull over now!”
“Dad, I didn’t see a red light!”
Thomas pulled over and I took over the driver’s seat. And as we pulled up to the next light, it hit me. I looked down at the blue coat I was wearing. “Son, what color is my coat?”
“It’s Green, dad. Why?”
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