Well, I'll write this story up because it's from Michigan and mildly involves baseball, but I'm not proud of what happened.
Christopher Ratte is a professor of classical archeology at the University of Michigan. He probably doesn't watch much television or read many contemporary magazines.
Which may explain why he didn't know what was in Mike's Hard Lemonade when he purchased a bottle for his seven-year old son at a recent Detroit Tiger's game.
For those of you who may be in the same boat as Professor Ratte, five percent of Mike's Hard Lemonade is alcohol. It's an adult beverage. A security guard at Comerica Park noticed little Leo Ratte holding the bottle and snatched it after alerting his father as to its contents. The boy was sent to the stadium physician on duty, and from there sent - by ambulance, no less - to Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced fine and fit as a fiddle, without even any alcoholic content showing up in a blood test.
The police, however, turned the boy over to Child Protective Services and he had to spend two days away from his family before being allowed to return home, and Professor Ratte had to move out of the house for the next week.
I suppose it's best to err on the side of caution, but it just seems to me that a little judicious application of common sense would have made this a non-story.
Our three-year-old daughter, Jenna, was having trouble sleeping through the night, waking up because she was afraid. Each time I tucked her back into bed, I would remind her that Jesus was with her and he would keep her safe.
Alas, the sleepless nights continued, with Jenna seeking comfort from the dark in our bedroom. Finally, one night, I asked her if she had really prayed for Jesus to take her fear away and help her.
"Oh, yes," she assured me. "He told me to come and get you."
[Pastor Tim's Cybersalt Digest]
WONDER for YOUR WEEK: Children are a gift from God, but aren't there days when you wish he'd included the receipt?
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