Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth and when it was football season, IBM would run a series of commercials entitled “You Make the Call” where some controversial play would be shown to the viewer, a spot for IBM would play, and then the announcer would give you the ruling as to why it was or was not intentional grounding.
Before I arrive at my main point for today, let me say that I could not find any examples of that commercial either through Google or YouTube. Sure…people have references to the old commercials (like I have), but I could not find one instance of an on-air “You Make the Call” commercial that I could have linked you to.
Have I stumbled across something that the Internet does not contain?
Over the weekend, my daughter, Ophelia, went over to a neighbor’s house to play with their first-grade daughter, Candice. Ophelia came back a few minutes later saying Candice couldn’t play because her mother wasn’t feeling well.
A half-hour later, Candice came to out front door to ask if she could play with Ophelia. When I asked Candice how her mother was feeling, she said her mother was crying on the couch because her dad had hit her. When I asked where her dad was, she said he was crying up in his room.
After I hustled Candice in our house so she could have her play date with my daughter, I was stuck with my dilemma.
Do I go next door and confront the weeping parents and a possibly abusive husband on the word of a six-year old?
Do I ignore what Candice has just told me?
You make the call.
(Whatever your call was, I am keeping this link for the Loudoun Abused Women’s Center and its phone number close at hand)