Writing is my passion. I have an undying thirst and quest in the field of writing. Some eat, drink, or use drugs when stressed; I write.
Treasure is an entrepreneur and a role model for every business owner nationwide. Winning a nomination for a Woman of Inspiration Award was one of her most celebrated accomplishments. She regularly makes wise choices and displays an admirable leadership role. Only, one Monday morning, she was on her way to work when she saw a handsome man, standing by the road, with a crude hand-written sign that says, “I need a ride.” With a quick glimpse of the stranger’s face, Treasure stops and offers him a lift in her car.
Ordinarily, Treasure would never pick up a hitchhiker, but it was as if the stranger affected her decision-making ability, so she lowered her awareness. And she had never felt so attracted to a male before in her life. She told herself he is not dangerous, so what is the harm in doing a favor for a guy I can get to know? However, is the man as he presents himself? Is he in needing of a ride? In a medium, he is a harmless guy needing a lift to his destination. At worst, he could be a thief or even a rapist who is a threat.
Treasure drove a little way down the road and pulled over, and the stranger hurried over to get into the door which Treasure had opened for him. As the male sits down in a deep voice, he said. “Thank you for the ride - I am just going to 2300 valley view lanes.” The address was around the corner from where Treasure works.
As they continued to talk, Treasure experience a fluttery sensation in her stomach aka, she felt butterflies in her stomach. She asked the stranger. “Do you live here?” He replied, “No.” I travel a lot.” There was something in the way he spoke that made Treasure feel so safe. He introduced himself as Omar Love but was very secretive when asks what he does. Treasure did not push the issue. Omar comments on Treasure’s car and shares that he thought it was a beautiful ride. He asks Treasure how long did she have it. She stated, “I purchase the car a little over a year ago.
From the question, Omar asks Treasure about her car, which sounds as if he might be a traveling con, a lifelong hustler who wanders from state to state preying on wealthy women. Perhaps, since Treasure drives an expensive luxury car, Omar might look for a woman to spend big bucks on items he only wishes he could afford. Someone with money to fund his lavish lifestyle.
Treasure looks at the wave in an electric flash of thinking. The thought that came up came out in words, sound as if Omar was no longer a stranger. Omar asks Treasure what she does for a living." She replied, “I started being an entrepreneur in grade school, where I would assist my classmate with tips on how to get better grades. I got paid to tutor students with subjects they were struggling the most to pass. After just one session, their test scores on multiple exams would show much better results. And I realize I was helping tutee who did not know how to figure out a homework math problem or catch errors with their English paper. My passion was advising others where they are going wrong, so I receive a Master in Finance. Now, I am a Financial Advisor who owns a Finance Firm.
After Omar heard what Treasure did for a living, his face lit up like a light bulb turned on. Did Treasure share too much information about herself where she can be preyed upon? If she wants to attract fewer predators, she must make a habit of not sharing too much about her life and finances. As Treasure pulls up to Omar's destination, she hopes to see him again. She stops, he gets out, and she continued to work. Will this be the last time Treasure sees Omar?
There are several ways Treasure made an unwise decision in the situation and different factors about Omar to consider when determining the likely outcome. The first is age. How much younger or older is Omar than Treasure? If Omar is younger than Treasure. Then it is more probable that he does not pose as dangerous. But if Omar is older than Treasure, the chance is he poses a tremendous threat. The second is looks. They can deceive, and it is simpler for a stronger male to restrain a woman physically if he intends to rob or rape her.
Another seniority to consider is appearance. How did Omar choose to dress? His clothes are another thing to be taken into consideration. Although a person can’t judge a book by its covers, more than likely, to stand a better chance of a ride, he dressed to impress. Omar understands if he dresses to look poor, the probabilities are no one will pick him up as a hitchhiking. But does that mean he plans on stealing money from whoever picks him up, which, in this case, would be the irresistible target of a successful businesswoman? If, however, Omar isn’t dressed well, then there’s a higher likelihood that he’s just a guy who needs a ride at this exact moment. And this doesn’t make him automatically safe, especially if rape is his intention, so treasure should still tread with caution.
Now let us look at the final seniority to consider in Treasure’s unwise decision. That standing to examine is Omar’s race? Most of us will agree that we live in a judgmental world. Some evaluate people by their ethnic group. And if Omar is an African American male, some would say Treasure is safer to have some suspicion. A high percentage of African American males found to be criminals, rapists, or robbers. I like to administer facts from research that found that more fortunate members of their race are often the criminals preying upon a person they see as weak. Not the representative you validate the claims or throw suspicion on their way.
I do not see nor do I believe every African American male is a criminal who will use a handsome face to prey upon a woman. It is a proven fact that many African American males are born and raised by a struggling single mother, but that does not mean that they will turn to crime. Most believe African American males are far more likely than other groups to hurt their ability to succeed. If Omar is an African American male, there are people who will say that Treasure’s best course of action is to refuse politely to stop and continue on to her destination.
What are the ways she could handle the situation that she finds herself in per her choice? What if Omar was an African American male, which means there is a possibility he's turning out to be a robber or rapist. In this case, Treasure decided to stop. If Omar attempt to hurt her, she should use pepper spray, any object, or whatever she can to defend herself. She should then get out of the car as quickly as possible and run away to find help. There shouldn't be any worry or concern about the man stealing the car because it doesn't matter if he does. A person's life and safety are far more valuable than a vehicle.
Almost every child has a mother who taught them to be careful around strangers. Most of us realize that this kind of safety warning applies just as much in adulthood. Some people live trusting people, although it is always best to maintain a certain amount of caution when dealing with a hitchhiker you don’t know. Especially if you are a woman. Treasure is the woman in this scenario who made a choice to give a lift to a man who said he needed one, and the consequences of this choice all depend on what she does in his company as she’s driving him to his purported destination. For good or for ill, the choice is hers.
Treasure is an African American woman who has experienced discrimination as people of her background have grown up. She will not allow what others think of her to limit her abilities. Pew research center shares that half of African Americans say being black have hurt their ability to get ahead. And 18% say being African American hurt a lot; 17% say being black has helped them at least a little, while 29% say it has neither hurt nor helped their ability to gain success. Treasure is among the percentage who believes being an African American woman neither harms nor helps. She refuses to give another the choice to choose whether she finds success in life.
Treasure word to the unwise generation of African Americans. “We all control our destiny.” “Allow no one to tell you who you are or predict your future. Majorities of blacks, Asians, and Hispanics have faced discrimination but think about it this way. We are a group of a chosen generation. Why else would our race face the abuse of being attacked because of our ethnicity? You can endure and succeed, but the choice is yours.
Treasure finishes her workday and is on her way to her car when she sees Omar standing, waiting near it. Should she worry? Treasure pauses and wonders how Omar knows the time I go home. Her eyes lit up as she thought to herself, protect yourself, or should I? By the time she walks to the car. Treasure has convinced herself it is okay to stop stressing. As Treasure looks at Omar, he displayed an attractive personality, a marvelous sense of clothing, and polished behavior.
Treasure opens the car, and Omar gets in. Shortly after, she learns he is a traveling clairvoyant. He told her stuff that made her wonder if he was pulling her legs or trying to deceive her. But when he told her, “I know you picked me up because of my handsome face, and picking up a strange man is a foolish move, she took a deep breath.” He continues to tell Treasure, “You can never depend on the kindness of strangers.” What Amor is saying to Treasure, “Never expect a stranger to be grateful for the charity given to him, nor expect him to treat her with the respect and honor she deserves.” “For you to meet tomorrow’s obligations, you must make wiser choices.” What Omar is sharing with Treasure is a word to the wise. Luckily, she picked up a good guy who reminds her as an intelligent woman to take precautions and gave her a word of wisdom.
For Treasure, a word to the wise is sufficient. And she accepts the voices of advice. She thanks Omar for warning her of the unwise decision she made to pick him up as a hitchhiker. He told her about past events that she knew he did not know of, and they were scary. Omar even shared a future happening that Treasure felt could be a disadvantage in some respects and a blessing in the physical senses in some others.
To share the moral of this story, which is all African American males are not a con, criminal, or rapist, but there is some with a kind heart and will help another. Some African American males are guys a female wants to avoid and never pick up. Only Omar is an African American male with high respect for others. He was wearing a Ted Baker London Tipped Pocket Polo shirt, and he had on Everett straight-leg jeans, and on his feet were the Nike LeBron 18. He was tall, sharp-featured, well built, with a charming smile and a beautiful skin tone. Yes, Treasure made herself a target and conducted herself as easy prey. A word to the wise.
Never assume a handsome face is safe to pick up as a hitchhiker. And always look at a hitchhiker as someone with the potential to harm you. So if you are unsure what to do, my advice is to tread with caution. Some female has made the mistake of picking up the wrong hitchhiker, and she hardly opened the door before he sprang upon her. Always protect yourself by making a wise decision. Your life could depend upon it.
© 2021 Pam Morris
Pam Morris (author) from Atlanta Georgia on June 13, 2021:
Rodric, thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and sharing that the story pulled you in. Also, I appreciate that you ask me to keep the stories coming. I will. I love writing and hope my hubs will help someone or peoples like you will enjoy reading them.
Pam Morris (author) from Atlanta Georgia on June 13, 2021:
Cheryl, I am happy to read you thought my story was very thought-provoking and you enjoyed reading it. I appreciate your comment and look forward to hearing more from you.
Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on June 08, 2021:
The story pulled me in and I wondered where it was going. Keep up the stories.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 07, 2021:
Interestly short story that holds me spell bound to the end. Both Treasure and Omar are unique characters. The story very thoughtful. Thanks.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on June 07, 2021:
Very thought-provoking story. Thank you for sharing.