Have y'all seen those anti-drug commercials? Specifically, the Responsibility campaign? They are so sad!
In the first one I saw, an older woman was sitting at a table, looking slightly uncomfortable. She looked around, adjusted place settings, and just looked sad. The voiceover said (and I paraphrase) "Just tell your grandma you missed dinner because you were high." My jaw dropped open and this awful, hollow space opened up inside my heart.
In the second one I saw, a little girl of about 7 was standing in the middle of a crowd at what looked to be a fair. She was holding a balloon and staring up at everyone, looking completely lost. The voiceover said (again, paraphrased) "Just tell your parents you lost track of her because you were getting stoned." Okay, I cannot explain the sadness I feel at these commercials.
I don't do drugs and never have, but now that I've seen those commercials, I swear I will NEVER DO THEM EVER. I mean it. Ever. I don't want my little sister to get lost because I'm getting high. And by George, if my feeling of responsibility toward my 19- and 22-year-old sisters is the impetus for my abstinence from drugs, so be it. To the creators of that campaign, thank you. You have succeeded.
1 month ago