every year, Halloween is a pretty big event near me. A lot of kids do the trick/treating thing.
We only saw maybe 400 kids this year, very suprising, but it was a cold damp day here, so maybe a lot of them and the parents didn't go out.
its not like I wasn't prepared................................
toys, costume jewelry, light up yoyos, the works.
anyway, we get a kick out of all the cutie pie kiddies and their costumes, we get to meet and talk with all our neighborhood kids and parents, its nice.I like when the kids say, hey, my dad used to play tennis in the park when you did, or my older sister knows your son from high school........and a lot of the parents say hello also.
My new neighbors, the 30ish year old couple who purchased the house next to mine, has 2 small children.
They decided to go out with their kids dressed up, everyone goes, the uncles, the aunts, the grandparents, like I said, everyone has fun for a few hours.
they didn't want to disappoint the other kids, so they put a small tray table outside their front door and put a huge bowl with bags of candies and sign that said please take one, happy Halloween. something like that.
ofcourse, not 5 minutes after they left, some bigger kids, maybe 14 y/os, not only took every bag, they even took the bowl.
another neighbor saw them walking down the street with the bowl.
I don't understand why just for some candy, which they could have gotten all they wanted from anyone, since I let them take as much as they want, especially the ones who don't want anything else. We all get stuck with pounds of candy every year, and none of us care how much the kids take, it makes them happy, why not.
The wife came in to me, asked me if I saw them, the husband was furious and out driving around looking for them.
I told her to call him and tell him forget it. its not worth it.
what will he do? smash their heads for them? Yes, most of us would like to give them a whack since its obvious their parents never taught them anything, but really, its only candy and a bowl, but every year we hear of another snot nose 13 or 14 y/0 that does something stupid on this day and ruins it for so many other kids, discouraging other parents from partaking with their children.
when I was a child and went out, I used to get fresh baked cookies, cupcakes, home made candies, Id walk into peoples homes, and admire the decorations, theyd give us milk, wed have Halloween cakes they made, me, my brother, my 3 sisters, we never ever heard of problems when we were growing up, what has happened to kids today?
my kids would never ever do anything like that when they were young, not out of fear of the person they were robbing, out of fear of me finding out.
what is wrong with todays parents?
These aren't 28 y/o criminals, but 14 y/o snot noses who need to be taught some kind of lesson. I don't have a clue as to what needs to be done.
Im going off and making too much of stink about this, its onlyl a bowl of candy, but the point is discipline is not a part of so many kids upbringing today and it has nothing to do with child abuse issues or tighter laws, it all falls on the parents, and the parents are failing in my book.
Im sorry if this has nothing at all related to woodworking, its just something that bothers me constantly.