A Survival Story: Joel is a good man

A_Survival_Story_CoverWhat follows is just one part of an ongoing survival fiction series written by John Rourke and has been published on Amazon. It is being made available here for free. A new entry is published every day. The story is written in a daily journal format.



August 29th   Joel is a good man…..

I walked over to Joel’s house this morning. This thing with Hwy 72 has been eating me up. I have always hated the feeling of regret and I very much regret reacting the way I did. Joel and I made some small talk about planned Sunday services – and the conversation made its way to what happened. I told Joel that I needed to “lay the cards on the table”.

I told Joel about my feelings that I made a mistake with Hwy 72. I told him that I did not want him to think I condone racism at all – but I am thinking about what is best for the neighborhood. Joel sat silent for a minute like he was really searching for the words to convey what he was thinking. He looked at me and uttered the words……”Jed, you did make a mistake.”

I was shocked. He went on to say that he has dealt with racism many times in his life. Sometimes he put up with it because it was in his best interest to just be quiet. Sometimes he did not stay quiet. He said that I overreacted and failed to look at the big picture. He appreciated the gesture – but the entire neighborhood needs to come first. Somehow I wasn’t feeling any better.

We talked for awhile longer and I headed back home. I talked to M about the situation and told her I want to try to make it right. I am going back to Hwy 72 and see if I can get things right. She is supportive and said she wants to go with me.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Hopefully it will benefit the rest of the neighborhood.

– Jed



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