I could have asked for I.D that day!

Friday, 9 February 2018  |  Anne-Marie

I could have asked for I.D that day, but I chose to look the other way.
It wasn’t that I didn’t care, I had the time and I was there.
But I didn’t want to seem a fool, or argue over a THINK 25 rule.
I knew he had been in the shop before,
If I spoke up he might get sore.
Nobody would know, the chances were not that bad, I’ve done the same he knew I had. So instead of refusing the alcohol I let the child buy. He took the chance I closed an eye.
And with that act he went on to die.
I could have asked for I.D that day, but I chose to look the other way.
Now every time I see his Mum, I know there was something I could have done. That guilt is something I must bear, and Its something I am ashamed to share.
If you see the risks that children take, that puts their health or life at stake. The question asked, or thing you say, could help them live another day.
If you see a risk and walk away. Then I hope you never have to say.
I could have asked for I.D that day, but I chose to look the other way.

Written by Don Merel. Adapted by A.M Canham