Don’t get me wrong, summertime is nice and all. It’s wonderful not to have to wake up early and rush the kids off to school.
Summer also means I have to deal with the neighborhood kids.
I get some knocking on the door at 9 AM. 9 AM! This is not an appropriate time to knock on someone’s door. It seems these children are forgetful because even though I tell them that my kids don’t come out until after lunch, they still show up. Am I not speaking English?
I also get kids who think it’s okay to lean against my car. My car is not a piece of furniture. Did their parents forget to explain that cars are expensive and if their offspring damages said car that THEY are responsible for paying for it? I was outside trying to pull weeds and I watched as this tiny kid came over. Leaned against my car. THEN OPENED THE DOOR! Yes, I keep my car unlocked at times if I know I’m going somewhere later. Still.
“Don’t touch my car!” I shouted. I had had enough and the kid’s parents were just in their yard, ignoring it. If they weren’t going to say anything then I would. And I’m not always nice about it either. If you want your kids to always be spoken to in a delicate matter, don’t let them piss me off.
The kid seemed confused as though no one had ever told him no before. Then he slowly walked back to his house. No apology.
I have kids knocking on my door when it’s getting dark. I don’t let my kids out when it’s dark.
I have kids knocking on my door asking if Natalie can come out by herself. She’s five. I don’t let her out by herself. I see other young kids running around and it makes me nervous. Cars speed around here. Tiny kids don’t always grasp the concept that the street isn’t their playground.
So yes. While I am enjoying summer, I will be excited when school starts and I won’t have to deal with neighborhood kids.