Tragic Truths Behind Glass

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February 5, 2011

I strolled the aisles at Walgreens recently while waiting for a prescription. A locked glass case containing medical test equipment stopped me. I wasn’t surprised to see monitors for blood sugar and the like. What surprised me were test kits for intoxication, marijuana and cocaine use, and paternity. For a modest investment, someone could reveal evidence that disrupts or even ruins lives. How many people had stared through the glass and seen personal dramas of disappointment and betrayal in the making? Where I stood, the means for revealing tragic truths had been chosen. Or, on the bright side, the means for dispelling unfounded suspicions and restoring trust of loved ones. Beneath the faint buzz of fluorescent lights, I looked down the aisle and saw a woman watching me.