I had a really cute blog for tonight, but something happened today that has kept me from posting my other post.
Our temporary housing is in an apartment complex. Each building in the complex has 6 apartments. All doors are outside to enter, so you don't go into a building and walk to your door. They are all private entries. The girls and I took a long walk today around the whole complex because it was beautiful outside. They also have a dog park in the complex and the girls are obsessed with watching dogs.
After our walk we went and sat by the lake to watch the ducks. As we were sitting, three kids came up to us. They were 4,5 and their little brother was 2. They loved the girls and wanted to play with them. I was looking around for their parents and didn't see them anywhere. The little boy was running around the lake, through different buildings, and in the street. I asked the girls where their mom was, they said inside taking care of the baby.
What hit me the hardest was these little children under the age of six, playing outside with no supervision, in a huge apartment complex, around WATER. I looked around, they showed me where they live. It was out of sight from where they were playing, and there was no one sitting on the deck trying to watch them.
These kids came right up to me and the girls with no fear at all. I also watched them walk up to a man they didn't know because they wanted to pet the dog. Did these parents teach them stranger danger. I could have been a bad person and lured them into my house or car. This man could been a bad guy and snatched them, and no one would have known. Really, Really, are you SERIOUS? If you are not going to watch your children, then why have kids?
After this I was a mess, I didn't want to leave these kids outside by themselves, I didn't want to leave this 2 year old by the water, but the girls were ready for dinner. When we got into the house, Ian called. He knew something was wrong. I said the girls and I were playing with 3 little kids. He asked if I met the parents and I said, "no they weren't there." He asked where they were. I said in their apartment and explained to him where it was located. He said WHAT?!?! He knew I was upset because I couldn't stay out to watch them. If I didn't have kids, or they weren't ready to eat dinner I would have stayed and watched those children.
I was so stressed and torn up on the inside. Am I crazy to fee this way? You can comment and tell me if I am. But if you saw the apartment complex and how big it is, someone could just drive through it and snatch a child, there is no dead end, the complex makes a circle.
Harly and Zoey- You think mommy is going to be crazy about your safety? Well, I think daddy is going to be ten times worse after our phone convo today!