I was so angry when the boys walked away. As their laughter grew distant, I continued to stare in disbelief at the place they had been standing only a second before. I couldn’t believe what I had heard.
The boys were probably business majors since I was in the business building on campus. They were also dressed in suits and ties. How impressive. They had just exited a class, talking intently about how horribly government spends our money. I was reading a book when some interesting words from their conversation grabbed my attention.
“I couldn’t believe it.” The boy with the giant, Jansport backpack, filled with boring business textbooks, was laughing with the other boy. “Why would we spend any money on that?”
“I know. Spending money for a new animal shelter is a waste.”
My gaze suddenly lifted up at the dorky kid with slicked-back black hair and thick-rimmed, Harry Potter glasses. “We should be spending our money to build people shelters.”
The backpack hunchback laughed hysterically at this and continued to walk down the hallway with the Harry Potter wannabe. I missed the joke.
My attention finally wandered down to the book in my hands. The book talked about canine behavior and on the page was a puppy. I couldn’t tell the breed, but he looked overwhelmingly happy. My anger slowly turned to extreme sadness.
The boys were discussing a bill to build a new animal shelter in the City of Norman. Citizens can vote yes for the new sanctuary on November eighth. I didn’t understand the boys' agitation by this and thought that maybe they believed the bill was asking for a lot of money.
But according to the Norman Transcript, it takes approximately eleven dollars and twenty-one cents per taxpayer, a year, for five years, to build the shelter. That seems a small price to pay for the protection of many lost animals. The current shelter is outdated. It was built in 1973.
However, the boys’ anger toward the new bill was not why I was upset, although I believe this bill is beneficial, necessary, and understandable.