Neglect? Or just Permissivness?
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|Wed, 05-21-2003 - 7:00pm|
To really understand, you have to know the set-up of my neighborhood. We are off of a major street, but set pretty far back from the street. There is a fence at the streetline, then a lot of grassy area, a clubhouse and pool, then a separate fence enclosing the housing area. However, the fence is not enclosed, as there is an opening for cars to enter and exit the housing area, and another entrance for people to walk to and from the next neighborhood over. The housing area itself is an oval (more or less) that is right at a mile around, with 4 streets that go across the "center" of the oval. I live on the end of the oval futhest from the major road.
There is a little boy who I have seen around the neighborhood and in front of his house lately. He showed up in my yard today, wanting to play with my kids. I told him that he could play, but first I had to meet his mommy, so he needed to go home and bring her down with him. After much prodding, this child headed home. Soon, he was back....alone. I tried to get him to go home, he just cried about mommy "not being able to come" and having "no one to play with". So I finally walk him back to his house to meet his mother. He is a good 1/4 of a mile around the circle. And you cannot see his house from my house at all. We walk all the way up there, and I send him in to get his mom, and explain to her that I don't mind him playing at my house, but the other day he just walked right in, and that I HAVE to have his mothers permission for him to play here each time he comes down. She just brushed me off with an explination that she works for AOL, and she is on the computer "working" while he is out playing, and if he wanders down my way, I can IM her anytime to let her know! Oh...this is AFTER asking me if I have kids. When I said yes, she said "oh, that's probably why he keeps coming down there.". YA THINK?!?!?!?
My thought is WHAT IN THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!!?!?!? My other thought is that a call to DHS should be made, but then again, I'm not sure they would care much.
I just don't know, and I REALLY feel for this little kid who just wants some attention. Any thoughts?