Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Dear Neighborhood Children and Their Parents,
WHEN did it become okay to be so cruel to people around you? Why is it okay for you to run around and cause trouble for others with no consequence? Please be advised that while there has not yet been anything we can do to stop you, we are working on it.
It is NOT okay to call the other children in our complex rude names. It is not okay to taunt them and to threaten to beat them up. It is not okay to knock and run away from our door, upsetting my husband to the point he does not enjoy his own home. We work hard for what we have, and you do not deserve to take that away from us.
Finally, the scars you left on our home will be your downfall. Until now there has been nothing anyone can do to help us (the police included) because you have left no damages to person or property. The rocks you have been throwing at the house on a continual basis have, however, started to leave dings and dents in the paint and stucco. The entire south side of our unit needs to be repainted because of your being unsupervised and left running wild to do what you please. Gotcha! The HOA doesn't take kindly to having to put money out to protect their investment. We finally have them on our side. Loss of money does it every time.
Thank you for continuing to up the ante in order to frustrate your neighbors. Eventually hooligans like you cross a line, and the people around you rejoice when you are finally caught and get what is coming to you. We couldn't get you when you were trespassing into empty units in the complex because you would always be gone by the time we called the police and "only" stole fruit off the trees. We couldn't get you when you were peering into parked cars and sitting on motorcycles parked in the driveways because we had no proof and you left no marks. We couldn't get you for running wild and screaming at the top of your lungs at all hours of night because our city has reduced its non-emergency police coverage. As I said, though, eventually you go too far and allow your neighbors to gather the evidence we need.
What really gets me is that you range from age four to age ten. You aren't even teenagers yet. How scary that you do not even have enough respect for yourselves at this young age to behave appropriately. Worse yet, that your parents allow you to do this then tell us that you can do whatever you want to because they don't care who it bothers. I wonder if they will care when you finally start committing real crimes and find yourselves in jail.
Thank goodness school is starting again soon. At least then there will be some peace through most of the week. You will not be running around at ALL hours of the day and night; just most of them since you don't seem to be responsible for homework or chores in the evening. And during the school year your parents pull you in somewhere around dark. Oh, thank goodness it also gets dark earlier in the winter months. Maybe then we can find some sense of comfort in our own home.
You, children with no morals or sense of good behavior, have made it miserable to live here. You, parents who SHOULD be a guiding light but are not, disgust me. I truly wonder why you bothered to have children in the first place. It is our job to raise these children to be the leaders of this country. If you don't care to give your children boundaries, please go live somewhere else. We don't want your kind around here.
Your extremely frustrated and fed up neighbor
*If you would like to read more of the background story, please read Neighborhood Rant from June 18th. This has been a LONG summer!