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Trayvon Martin didn't have a chance to live his life. He will never know what it is like to fall madly in love, he will never understand what a gift it is to hold a newborn child. A teenager, he was only beginning to see glimmers of what adulthood would mean. He was probably more interested in spending time with his friends, his family, and doing the things that any number of teenagers do today, talking and texting on his cell phone, working on his computer, listening to music, eating everything in the fridge, staying up late and so on.  

Nobody can know what his adult life would have looked like, but if the values and compassion shown by his parents through what has to be the most traumatic and heartbreaking experience of their lives is an indicator, he probably would have grown up to be a compassionate, faith filled and loving man.  When I look at recent pictures of Trayvon Martin, especially in his hoodie, I see the face of my grandson, a teenager caught between the young child he was and the man he will become. His eyes are filled with questions, bravely open to experience, to challenge with a smidgen of bravado.  

An adult killed him, an adult who was old enough and supposedly trained enough to know never to have engaged in the situation, an adult who when in the situation should have worked to diffuse it or to reduce the amount of harm that would have occurred. The pain that Trayvon's family must be experiencing is unfathomable. When you have a teenager it only takes a little time for them to have major growth spurts in a very short period of time, hardly time at all to get used to the gangly teenager that a precious child so quickly becomes.  Their bodies are bigger, but the brain is still growing, learning, becoming. Trayvon was hardly out of childhood before he was so violently and senselessly taken from his family, and from this world.

What could Trayvon Martin's life have looked like? He could have become a husband, a father, the President of the United States, the person who created a cure for cancer.  He could have saved a life, taught a class, climbed a mountain, written a book, or taken a picture that would have taken your breath away. He could have traveled, sailed in a ship, taken a yoga class or worked in a bank, any number of things. He will never have the chance to do anything. I wonder what Trayvon would think if he had had a glimpse of what was going to happen to him, to his life? His first thought I'm sure would have been for his family, he would want them to be okay.

I try to imagine what happened that dark and rainy night, what he thought. I try to think like a teenager, but it's been so long that it's hard to remember.  I would be confused about what was happening. I would be scared.  It would have all happened so fast, one minute on the phone, a stranger after me, go away, then on the ground and then … I would feel shock, pain. I would want to go home.

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  •  "I try to imagine" (0+ / 0-)

    You don't need to.  You can find out a lot about the trajectory of Trayvon Martin's life with a simple Google search, especially if you include "burglary" in the search string.  Little of what you will find was in evidence at the trial, because it had no bearing on Zimmerman's "self defense", but it's out there if you really want to know.  I'm not quite understanding, though, why you want to follow this line . . .

    FWIW I did a lot of stupid things when I was a kid (most of which I never got caught doing) and spent more than my share of time in the Dean's Office.  Managed, somehow, to not get myself killed, although if a couple "experiments" had gone as badly wrong as they could have I might not be here to say that.  I was "lucky" more than once.

    We'll never know, of course, where Trayvon Martin would have ended up if he had simply made a bee-line for his destination that night rather than doing what he did.  Had he weighed all the possible outcomes he might have done differently . . .


    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:52:24 AM PDT

    •  weighed all the possible outcomes (0+ / 0-)

      in a few minutes time? Even a seasoned elder would find this challenging. "Got himself killed?" wow!

      •  "I would want to go home." (0+ / 0-)

        So would most people.  But that's not what Martin did.  He wanted to do, and did, something else . . . which didn't work out as he intended.

        BTW . . . that subject line is a quote from your diary.  What you put in quotes in your comment is not a quote of anything I wrote.  What you imagine is not what is . . .

        Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

        by Deward Hastings on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:59:24 AM PDT

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