Warning: I'm on my soapbox again!
A comment made by April to my previous post gave me an idea. In today's economic climate, it's been necessary for many families to move into apartments. Still, it's not fair to expect those of us whose children are grown, those who are childless by choice and those who are retired and deserve to live in peace and quiet to have other people's children forced upon us.
April suggested the children should be provided a specific play area. I'll take that one step further and say that it should be made a law that any apartment buildings that allow children should be required to provide a playground for them.
And I'm going to actively push for such a law.
TV would be the perfect place to start. One of our local stations has a regular segment on the evening news called "I'm Just Sayin'," where viewers can go on the air and present their views on various topics. It would be the perfect forum to address this growing problem. Just as there are laws regarding how many people can occupy an apartment, there needs to be a law regarding children annoying other tenants.
Those of you who read my blog regularly or even saw my last post know I've had some serious problems with kids in my neighborhood playing soccer outside my door. I had a previous situation involving ball playing when we lived on the other side of the complex. A boy, sometimes by himself, sometimes with a rather obnoxious girl, would bounce his ball off the landing next to our apartment--which more often than not ended with it crashing into my door, living room window, or patio chairs. After telling him repeatedly to stop, I got enough. The ball landed on my patio--and I grabbed it.
That kid looked at me as if he might cry. I didn't have the heart to keep it. I gave it back to him and told him I didn't want my windows broken. If he could promise to keep the ball away from them, we'd get along just fine. He did...and it never happened again.
But that won't work in this situation. These kids started out reasonably polite. Even when I yelled at them, they wouldn't talk back. But after Daddy joined the game, they presumed (incorrectly) that I would be afraid of Big Bad Daddy and wouldn't dare say or do anything. Wrong. It just made me even more determined to put an end to it...one way or another.
I wish I could post the photos here. I got eleven new ones yesterday afternoon for my evidence file. One of particular interest is one boy right in front of my door, kicking the ball. He was brazen--I had the door open and was taking that photo openly. Right behind him is the "No Ball Playing" sign. And in the background, one of our maintenance men. This kid is going on as if he's doing nothing wrong. What's wrong with that picture?
I read that Homeland Security deported over 53,000 illegal immigrants in January alone. I wonder if they'd like a few more? Please?