OK~ Not sure where this post is going, but it saddens me to see that several young people in our community have recently been arrested with owi's, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and possession of alcohol under age. I get it- teens and young adults are defiant and many do receive a ticket for under age consumption of alcohol. Fortunately, most learn from the first incident and things improve.
Neither my husband nor I are party, go out to the bar people and drink. It seems that every event in our community is built around alcohol. Can people not have a good time unless they have a drink in their hand? Beer tents are at every event and I then think, "How are these people driving home?" Let's face it- the roads cannot be safe around these venues when the night comes to a close.
I know this will never happen, but in an ideal world it would be nice to have community events that are not based around alcohol. I have no desire to be around people that indulge too much and become a nuisance. And unfortunately, the few events we have attended where alcohol is everywhere, we have witnessed this. And it seems that our young people are picking up on this and taking it to a new level.
It can be argued that teens and young adults have always drank. But really, don't people grow up at some point? It appears not.
The beauty of this is that I can choose not to attend and stay home. Nothing wrong with that. Yet in all honesty, I would like to show community support with my attendance, as its people being active, out and about in a community that make communities successful.
The root beer at the local brewery is not that bad- and I get to see a few people and hear some music! But you know what? If some of these breweries and other events advertised that they offered a non-alcoholic option, I do think more people would check out these establishments and events.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Am I being a complainer or is this something that bothers you, as well? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?