Sunday, November 2, 2008

What's wrong with this picture?

Hint: There are two things wrong. They're in the foreground. They're semi-transparent. They're stolen.

I spent my freshman, sophomore and junior year returning stray glasses and dishes to the Deacon Jones Dining Hall when I found it bruised on the side of the road, forgotten behind a bush, or beaten mercilessly and left to die alone.

It was my mission, being a Samaritan to every cup and plate that crossed my path. Even when I visited friends' apartments and spotted a stolen item from the cafeteria, I would do my friends the service of haunting them until they felt guilty enough to return the merchandise.

And then came my senior year. Living off campus. In a townhouse. Everything was great for those first few weeks. The roommates were pleasant, the music wasn't loud, the games were fun.

Then I spotted something I never would have expected.


The three Christian young men I lived with were burdened with evil; the guilt of having stolen not one, but two plastic cups from the dining hall, was weighing on their hearts, but they would never admit it.

So I began the battle to win them back.

Every time I saw one of those ugly stackable soda tubes around the house, I would simply sigh a loud sigh, turn to the roommate in violation, and remind them that they were illegally using embezzled property.

It's been three months, and I must have given my warning 90 times by now.

But the cups remain.

They're like children away from home, calling out from our cabinets, "Please rescue us! We don't want to be trapped here! We don't want to die in the hands of angry students gone rogue."

These cups, you must understand, are not only smuggled into my apartment without my permission. They are smuggled into countless dorm rooms on campus. Cups, plates, silverware... All stolen with the intention to be returned, but they never do.

If you are aware of a lost and lonely dish, looking for a way back home, please call this number: 614-8587.

I realize that the stress of returning stolen items can feel overwhelming. Counselors are standing by to talk to you and are ready to help you, just call 614-8415.

You're not alone in your struggle. It's not too late to ask for forgiveness.

1 comment:

Tamara said...

Luckily we have a free counseling service on campus to help people cope with any guilt they may feel concerning their stolen dining hall paraphernalia.