This past weekend was the last long weekend of the summer and I was really looking forward to it. The weather was going to be great and my granddaughter was visiting for two days.
You all know how I feel about her and children in general. They are prescious and should be well taken care of. Enjoy their humor and games and understand they are people just in a smaller form.
Anyhow, on Saturday afternoon, my husband, daughter, granddaughter and myself were out in the backyard enjoying the sunshine, games of soccer and tag and other games my granddaughter was making up along the way.
Now in my neighborhood there are no back lanes. The houses back up to one another. So we are in close proximity to many neighbors both beside us and across from us. As in many neighborhoods there are a lot of children. Children who enjoy playing outdoors.
One neighbor has a teenage son. He’s 15 years old. His parents bought him a BB Gun. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with any items you choose to buy for your children. However, they need to understand the proper use and care of items. A BB Gun is NOT a toy.
This particular day he invited over a couple of friends and they decided it would be a good idea to shoot their guns off in the backyard. Hmmmm…..NOT a good idea. The pellets were richocheting off of trees, their patio and patio furniture.
Three of these pellets landed in our yard. One went off the bbq, one went off the side of the house and one hit my daughter in the leg. It could of easily been my granddaughter and at her height it would of meant a pellet in the face!
We asked not once but three times for them to quit it. It was only when my husband threatened to call the police that they went indoors.
Seriously, these aren’t little kids who don’t know any better.
As a parent would your answer of been “Boys will be Boys”? I know mine wouldn’t.
I’m really ticked off at the attitude of people. Parents, it is your responsibility to teach your children about safety. I know you can’t watch them 24 hours a day (especially when they get older) but at least use common sense and deal with a problem when it’s brought to you.