We were a close family; our son was the delight of our lives. He played in the school band, hit .300 on the baseball team, made good grades and attended church with us each Sunday.
Then his nature began to change. He began to question our positions on life. The music he listened to was the loud noise of the world. His changes caused disagreements between us. I talked to my son and he convinced me that nothing was going on. I defended him with my wife and this caused a split in the unity of the marriage.
This took place some 50 years ago. Today I seldom hear from him. He called the other night to tell me again, with insulting words, what a bad father I had been. He is still using marijuana.
I know there are many who will defend the use of marijuana and say it never had that effect on them. But I am not surprised, when police reports come in regarding some crimes, that proof of marijuana use was found in the blood samples.
In the Dec. 20 Augusta Chronicle, the editorial “Fighting drugs is about ‘how,’ not ‘if’” speaks of the overuse of drugs; and how 26 states have now legalized the use of marijuana in some form; and that in New Hampshire alone it’s estimated that 475 people will die this year from heroin overdoses.
Today, our high-school students are using these drugs.