Five-Minute Friday: First

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First, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I may have done that here a few days ago, but not to my FMF buddies 🙂

I can relate to what Kate said about the first FMF post of the year perhaps not being the best as one’s brain neurons may not yet be firing well, but we write anyway.

Yesterday we registered my daughter for her winter term at college. Basically, this means, acknowledge that she’s enrolled in the right courses and pay up. During the course of registration, a comment was made about giving up your first born. I think it was in relation to student loans, but I’m not sure. Anyway, it was funny because I’d just been thinking about that concept earlier in the day as I’d read a news story.

The story was about a wealthy young man who chose to drink and drive, the end result being the deaths of four people: three children and their grandfather. He has taken responsibility for his actions and agreed to plead guilty to the charges without a reduced sentence. While this is great on the one hand, on the other, there are still four people dead and two parents grieving. I couldn’t help but think – this man is looking forward to getting married and having a family. Perhaps he should have to offer his first born to these parents as part of his ‘punishment.’ Would that better fit the crime?

[Alas, my five minutes are up]

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