Friday, April 20, 2012

Love Thy Neighbor

I need to get something off my chest.  I am having a real hard time loving my neighbor.  And it's getting harder and harder.  I have tried very hard to take the high road.  To be the better person.  I know I need to lead by example and lately my example has been poor.

A couple of days ago, Kristin came tearing downstairs to tell me that the neighbors kids plus a couple other kids from down the street were wrecking our Christmas lights(yep we've gone redneck!).  She said they were pulling the bulbs out and smashing them.  These are little kids mind you.  No older than 10.  I jumped up to see/catch them but it was too late.  And the damage had been done.

As you can see, the lights are gone.  There are many other places along the fence where they were pulled as well.  I just chose not bore you all with the pictures.
This is only part of all the damage done to my fence.  On the other side is a green belt.  They go back there constantly.  I am afraid they will get hurt.  They also climb my tree.  Also worried they will get hurt.  When I talked to the mom, the girls claimed their innocence and said that they were trying to get the boys to stop(the boys from down the street who also have a history.)   Mom, of course took their side.  I would too.  I have no proof, so I to avoid drama, I let it pass.  I took the names of the boys and found out where they lived.  We talked a little about my tree...interestingly enough...the mom said she has seen "L" another kid climbing it all the time and she is always after her.  Really?  And what about your kids???  They are always in it.  I said I tell them to get out too because I don't want anyone to get hurt etc...THEN she says, "Yes, because then you know it will be your responsibility..." oh it gets better....she adds...."You should just cut it down."  What!???  Oh I don't think so.  No.  People should just tell their kids to stay off of other peoples property!!!!  Am I wrong?

So yeah, I am having a real hard time loving my neighbor right now.  What problems have you had with neighbors? 

7 comments:

MiMi said...

You do NOT want to hear the story behind my neighbors and I. So bad.
Seriously, this is whatcha do...ya go get a b.b. gun...

Emmy said...

What the heck!!! You should cut it down and then it would be your responsibility!!!! Oh I am boiling now. No, no it would not. There are laws and such to protect people from idiots just like that.
Holy heck! Uggg you hadn't told me that part. Wow.
Ugh I am sorry.

mormonhermitmom said...

As a lawyer's daughter, may I recommend that you post a "No Trespassing" sign on your fences? If something were to happen and the neglectful parents tried to sue, you could explain that your no trespassing signs technically make it clear that your property is off limits to anyone but your family. Not exactly neighborly, but hopefully it will send the message across to the parents if not the children.

Otherwise there is not much else you can do but lock up anything within reach of little hands and batten down the hatches! So sorry about all the fuss. Kids can be jerks.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

YES! People SHOULD tell their kids to stay off other people's property. To cut your tree down to prevent that would be ridiculous!!!! I feel for you. I'm so sorry.

becca said...

this why i'm glad i live in the woods

Amy said...

Remember the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child?" I don't think that is applicable anymore due to lawsuits and such. Which is sad because it really is events job to keep kids safe and well behaved. When my kids do something wrong I hope there is a loving mother or father there who can point them in the right direction and stop them from getting hurt. And not place the blame on someone else! That just makes me sad!

Nicole said...

unfortunately that's where society is going these days. People need a reality check.