Friday, July 21, 2006

Assault With A Deadly Veggie


Long story short: this married couple in Connecticut were arguing.

What were they arguing about? Who knows. Maybe it was about money, maybe one of them dented the car, maybe he just forgot to take out the trash. It doesn't really matter what the argument was about.

The thing is, the husband got mad, so he chucked a carrot at her.

It poked her eye out.

Now he's being charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

I can't help but think that something went horribly wrong here.

What if they were simply having a little spat about something really inconsequential, and he simply was very frustrated and he lashed out?

It's never right to throw something at someone; our parents stressed as much to us, usually with the threat that one could poke someone else's eye out. Still, I can't imagine this guy meant to seriously injure his wife.

If he had, he'd have chosen something large, or heavy, or with a more dangerous point than a carrot. He'd have thrown a brick, or a tire from a 1976 Volkswagen, or maybe a Rottweiler.

Still, the damage is done; she lost an eye, he's facing charges, their marriage is probably over.

Think about that the next time you're in an argument with someone you love. Is it really worth the satisfaction you'll get from throwing some small inconsequential item if it could lead to permanent physical damage? Or even just irreparable hurt feelings?

Just some thoughts.

Link to news story.

2 comments:

zilla said...

My mother always said carrots improve night vision. Apparently, that's not always the case.

Let's not throw Rottweilers. It's just a bad idea. Pitbulls, yes; Rottweilers, no.

Speaking of Volkswagons, I hear the Rabbit is back! This is a good thing; Rabbits eat carrots. I foresee less vegetable-based violence in the world.

Horrifying post, Alpharat. Maybe next time you could write something a bit happier and fluffier -- maybe somethibg about ... Hello Kitty?

Writer Mom said...

Putting the carrot down now.