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A Word to the Wise

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.

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This story is about a young woman named Treasure. She is a role model for all business owners in the U.S. Her most prestigious achievement was receiving a nomination for a Woman of Inspiration Award. Her leadership is admirable, and she normally makes wise decisions. Except for one Monday morning, she spotted a handsome man with a crude sign that read, “In need of a ride.” After glimpsing the stranger's face, she offered him a ride.

Treasure would typically never pick up a hitchhiker, but it was as if the stranger affected her decision-making ability, so she became less aware. It was the first time in her life that she felt so attracted to a male. He is not dangerous, so what's the harm in helping someone in need of a ride? However, is the man as he appears to be? Does he need a ride? Is he a harmless guy looking for a lift to his destination? At worst, he could be a thief or even a rapist.

Treasure slowed down and stopped, and the stranger hurried to get into the door Treasure had opened for him. As the male sat down, he spoke in a deep voice. “Thank you so much for the ride. Today, I am going to 2300 valley view lanes.” Treasure’s office was just around the corner.

Treasure felt butterflies in her stomach as they continued talking. Treasure asked, “Do you live here? He replied, “No.” I travel a lot.” There was something about the way he spoke that made Treasure feel so safe. When asked what he does, he introduced himself as Omar Love but remained very secretive. Treasure did not question him further. Omar comments on Treasure’s car and tells her it’s a beautiful ride. He asks how long she had it. She said, “I bought the car about a year ago.”.

Omar asks Treasure about her car, suggesting he might be a traveling con, a lifelong hustler who roams from state to state preying on wealthy women. Since Treasure drives a luxurious car, Omar might look for a woman to spend big bucks on items he only wishes he could afford. Someone who can fund his lavish lifestyle.

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Treasure looks at the wave with an electric flash of thought. As the words came out, it sounded as though Omar was not a stranger. ‘Omar asks Treasure what she does for a living. She replies, “I have been an entrepreneur since grade school when I advise my classmates on how they could achieve higher grades.” It was my job to tutor students whose test scores on multiple exams improved after just one session. I realized I was helping students who did not know how to solve a homework math problem or catch errors in an English essay.

My passion was advising others where they go wrong, so I pursued a Master’s degree in Finance. Now, I am a Financial Advisor that owns a Finance Company. Omar’s face lit up like a light bulb when he heard what Treasure did for a living.

Is Treasure giving out too much information about herself that is exploitable? She needs to be careful not to share too much about her life and finances to attract fewer predators. Treasure pulls up to Omar’s destination, hoping to see him again. After he gets out of her car, she continues to her destination. Will this be the last time Treasure sees Omar?

Treasure made an unwise decision in several ways, and we should consider a variety of factors about Omar when predicting the outcome. The first is his age. Is Omar younger or older than Treasure? If Omar is younger. He poses a danger to Treasure. However, if Omar is older than Treasure, the chances are he is less likely a threat. Looks are the second factor.

When a man intends to rob or rape a woman, it is easier to restrain the woman by force since he has the strength. Another aspect of seniority to consider is appearance. Is Omar’s appearance authoritative? What about his attire? Although one can not judge a book by its cover, he will probably dress to impress to stand a better chance at landing a ride.

If Omar dresses to look poor, he knows he is less likely to be picked up as a hitchhiker. But does that mean he plans on stealing money from the person who picks him up, in this case, a successful businesswoman? Omar may be a guy in need of a ride at the exact moment if his attire is not fancy. Obviously, this cannot make him automatically safe, especially if rape is his intention, so treasure should still tread carefully.

Now let’s consider the seniority factor in Treasure’s unwise decision. What about Omar’s race? I’m sure we can all agree that we live in a judgmental society. Some people judge people according to their ethnicity. Some people might think that Treasure is safer to suspect if Omar is African American. We consider most African American males criminals, rapists, or robbers. According to research, more fortunate members of their race are often the criminals preying upon a person they view as weak. Not the representative you validate the claims or throw suspicion their way.

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Not all African American men will use their handsome faces to take advantage of women. African American males are often born and raised by single mothers who struggle, but that does not mean they will become criminals. Most African American males believe they will hurt their chances of success more than any other group. According to some, Treasure’s best course of action would be politely declining to stop and press on if Omar was African American.

How could she handle the situation she finds herself in, per her choice? Imagine if Omar was African American, which means he might prove to be a robber or a rapist. Here, Treasure stopped. If Omar tries 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 is no need to worry about the man stealing the vehicle since it simply does not matter. Life and safety are far more valuable than a vehicle.

Almost every child has a mother who taught them to be cautious around strangers. Most of us realize that this kind of safety warning also applies to adults. For hitchhikers you do not know, it is always best to maintain a certain level of caution. This is especially true if you are a woman. Treasure is the woman in this scenario who gave a lift to a man who said he needed one, and the consequences of her decision are all dependent upon what she does in his company during the drive. Whatever her choice maybe, she has the final say.

Treasure is an African American woman who has faced discrimination throughout her life. No matter what people think of her, she will not let it limit her potential. According to Pew Research Center, half of African Americans believe that being black is hindering their success. 18% of African Americans say being African American has hurt them a lot, 17% say it has helped them at least a little, while 29% say it has neither hurt nor helped them. Treasure is among the proportion of African American women who do not believe being one harm nor helps. She refuses to allow another to decide whether she succeeds in life.

The word of wisdom for a generation of unwise African Americans. “We are all in charge of our destiny.” Do not let anyone tell you who you are or what your future holds. Most blacks, Asians, and Hispanics have faced discrimination, but think about it this way. As a group, we belong to a chosen generation. Otherwise, why would our race suffer because of its ethnicity? Ultimately, it is up to you whether you will endure and succeed.

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After Treasure leaves work, she walks to her car, where she sees Omar standing in front of it. Should she worry? Treasure wonders how he knows the time she leaves for home. Her eyes lit up as she pondered: should she protect herself, or should she not? By the time she walked to the car, there were no worries as Omar’s charming personality, his exquisite sense of clothing, and his polished behavior struck Treasure.

Treasure opens the car, and Omar enters. She finds out shortly after that he’s a traveling clairvoyant. He told her things that made her wonder if he was pulling her leg or trying to trick her. When Omar 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.” Omar continues, “You can never depend on strangers for kindness.” What Omar is saying to Treasure, “Never expect a stranger to be grateful for the generosity given to him, nor to treat you with the respect and honor you deserve.”

Omar’s advice to Treasure is a word of wisdom for meeting tomorrow’s obligations. She picked up a good guy who reminded her to take precautions and gave her some advice.

An enlightened word suffices for Treasure. She accepts advice willingly. She thanks Omar for warning her about picking him up as a hitchhiker. He told her of past events that he wasn’t aware of, and they were frightening. Omar even mentioned a future event that he felt could be a disadvantage in some respects and a blessing in other respects.

There is a moral to this story, which is that all African American males are not criminals, con artists, or rapists, but that some can put a kind heart into helping another. There are some African American men that females want to avoid and never pick up.

Omar is an African American male with high respect for others. He wore a Ted Baker London Tipped Pocket Polo shirt, Everett straight-leg jeans, and LeBron Nike 18 shoes on his feet. His features were sharp, and it well built him, with a charming smile and beautiful skin. Yes, Treasure made herself a target and conducted herself as easy prey. A word to the wise.

You should never assume a handsome stranger is safe to pick up as a hitchhiker. Keep in mind that hitchhikers are potentially dangerous. Therefore, if you are unsure of what to do, I suggest treading carefully. A female hitchhiker has made the mistake of picking up the wrong one, and as soon as she opened the door, he sprang upon her. A female should always be smart and protect herself. She could lose her life otherwise.

© 2021 Pam Morris

Comments

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 Johnson 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.

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