Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rant #222: Jello Shots

Some of you might have heard about a quaint little case that has reared its ugly head on Long Island.

Two elderly people with nothing better to do in their lives bought several boxes of Jello at a few area markets, took the Jello mix out, and replaced it with salt and sand. They put their concoction in a bag, sealed it, and placed it back in the Jello box. Then they went back to the markets, demanding refunds for tainted products.

Happily, they were caught pretty much from the get go by surveillance video at the markets.

Evidently, the elderly woman has had some mental problems, and her husband, who loved her dearly but was of supposedly sane mind, did what she asked out of love and commitment to this person.

They were caught, and now face various charges.

Their lawyer is portraying them as almost "innocents," not aware of what they were doing.

I don't care how senile a person is, if they concoct a scheme like this, they can't possibly be that senile, can they?

But the love the husband showed for his wife is incredible. Even though he knew she was doing wrong, he went along with this scheme out of commitment to his mate.

Sure he was wrong--as wrong as she was, or even more wrong, since he supposedly knew what he was doing was not above board--but he loved the woman and did what she wanted.

Love is a funny thing. It kind of blinds you, at times. I think it is one of the most powerful emotions that one can have.

Here, the husband's devotion to his wife won out over clear thinking.

I am not absolving the husband at all. He appears to be a squeamish individual.

But that devotion to his wife ...

Love is a funny thing, isn't it?

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