Today my dad, who is a prosecuting attorney, won a big case. It involved someone who shot and killed his girlfriend. He was sentenced to life in prison without mercy. Although I was very happy for my dad’s victory, I felt a twinge of guilt when I saw his picture on a local news website. It was an odd feeling that we had actually just talked about today in my ethics class. We talked about how you hear about a murder and think that the person who did it must have really been a bad person, but sometimes you hear the background of the person and it changes your view a little. I’m not saying that’s the same situation as this particular murder trial, but it still makes you think. I saw this guy’s picture and I thought “Wow. This man will never have the opportunities that the rest of us will have.” His life is basically over and it was all because of a bad decision.
It also made me think about what it must have been like for my dad. I can’t even begin to comprehend what it would feel like getting up in front of a courtroom and being in the position of deciding a man’s sentence. My dad was the one who had to decide whether or not this guy deserved life in prison. I’m not saying any of this to spark sympathy for this man because he killed someone and that is wrong. No matter how you look at it, it is never okay to murder someone. However, it does make me think about everyday choices we all make. If that guy would have just kept his cool, maybe he wouldn’t be in the position he is in. I guess that’s what makes my dad’s job so rewarding and yet so tough. He is the guy that has to decide the fate of someone’s life when they have broken the law. He has to do the right thing no matter how much it will hurt a family, or upset a community and that to me is amazing. I can’t imagine getting up everyday knowing I had to make decisions like that. I really do have the coolest dad and he probably doesn’t even know it.
Though this isn’t a food related blog, it is an entry that I consider good for the soul. It may not touch any of you and it may not make you think, but it sure made me thankful that we have people in the world like my dad who volunteer to make these difficult decisions for us. It made me look at my own life and see that if I keep making good decisions, I’ll be okay no matter what.