Friday, June 18, 2010

Dear Neighbors up the Street:

Why do you let your very young children ride thru the neighborhood on four-wheelers & riding lawnmowers & go-carts unsupervised?

Why is it that even though the police have warned you previously (yep, seen them follow the kids home & then knock on the door), you still do it?

The rumor around the block now is that the court has given you warning, and if the sheriff's office finds your children in the streets unsupervised one more time, you are both being arrested for child endangerment.

And yet, last night what did I see? Your two boys riding past my house on their riding lawnmowers.

Do you not realize that our subdivision is very close to a major highway? That it would probably take them less than 10 minutes to be out on a dangerous road? That there is a registered sex offender that lives in our subdivision? And three more in the subdivison down the road? That regardless of where we live, or who lives there, your children are very young (age ranges approx. 4-8 years old), and that to let them be that far away from you unsupervised, in just about any setting, is dangerous? That to let them operate any moving vehicle, especially unsupervised, at that age, is dangerous?

I feel bad for your children. I really do. Because I have the feeling that before long you will be found guilty of child endangerment, or neglect, or something. And then what happens to them? I just hope it doesn't take one of them getting seriously injured for you to wise up.

Oh, and by the way, if I see your cute little puppy, with no collar or tags, in our yard again, with none of your family members even in sight... well, let's just say FireGirl might have an adorable new puppy to take to our new house.

On behalf of your children, thank you for your kind attention to this matter.

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