Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Well I guess Juliet was thirteen too...
But even at my worst, I don't think I would have had the sheer nerve to do what this thirteen year old girl in Texas did. Holy damn, talk about taking the star-crossed lovers schtick to the extreme!
When her Dad took her X-Box away, our young heroine was so broken hearted at losing contact with her online boy-toy (he was 12) she decided the only possible solution was to steal her mother's ATM card, her brother's car, and then drive all the way to Tennessee to see him. Well, I suppose it shows initiative.
I'm just not sure how the hell she managed it! I'm fairly certain that I couldn't have done it at thirteen. Even ignoring the whole driving thing (who the hell teaches a thirteen how to drive anyway?) I would never have worked up the nerve to steal a car and an ATM card, and I definitely wouldn't have been brave or stupid enough to take off on an 800 mile trip without any more forethought than "gotta get to that boy".
The really terrifying thing is that she actually made to 50 miles outside of her destination before they caught her! How on earth does a thirteen year old drive 750 miles and no one thinks there's something hinky about it? She must have had to stop for petrol and food breaks, surely someone should have looked at her and though that there was something not right there.
But they did catch her eventually, and when her parents came to get her they let her meet with her Romeo, no doubt in an effort to get it out of her system. That was good of them. It's easy to forget that just because it's not important to an adult, it feels like life or death to a child. So our Romeo and Juliet got to have their epically tragic farewell in person.
But if this is how far she's willing to go now, imagine what she'll be like in a couple of years when her hormones are really raging.
Ain't young love grand!