- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
I had a frustrating experience with some pretty little children today and I’m still a bit wriled up.
I was headed out to my Dad’s today (I’m watching the house) when I turned right onto residential street that has a well marked and VERY visible crosswalk. There’s a row of hedges along the right side of the road leading up to it so the road is a blindspot but the crosswalk, its there and we all know its there and we watch for people there.
So when I looked, the crosswalk was clear, I slowed down and took the corner and I’m clearing the corner and through the crosswalk, suddenly there are two kids that must have been like 5 and 7 coming diagonally across the road, riding their scooter and skateboard with no helmets directly into traffic on a blind corner. I slammed on my brakes and they just proceeded on their way.
On my way home again, the same two small kids were on the road again so I turned around because if they lived right around the corner, I fully intended on having a discussion with an adult about maybe teaching the kids to use the crosswalk. So I turn around, turn onto the street and they’re both on the right side and the little girl never even looks up and starts riding across the road (right in front of me) So I slammed on my brakes again and this time I stopped and got out and informed the kids that I’d almost run them over twice and that they ought to use the crosswalk before someone actually ran them over. The poor kids looked a little scared so I explained to them that I didn’t want them to get in trouble but I was scared for their safety and I didn’t want them to get hurt. I asked them if they understood and they both said yes so I told them to be careful in the future and then went home.
I feel a teeny tiny smidgen bad because well.. I’m not exactly accustomed to scolding strangers on the street and it seems a bit harsh but I seriously just about ran them over TWICE because they had zero awareness for cars and that’s just plain not safe.
Which leads me to the question.. why would you let children that small go on things with wheels with no helmets on roads with cars when they obviously have no car safety skills and are like just barely old enough to be in elemntary school? Am I crazy for saying something and feeling like it is totally absurb that people let that happen? I was just so blown away by tis and I want to hear what the Bees think!