Ah, kids these days. . . .
We were peacefully walking in the park when we were ambushed, literally, by three
kids hooligans. Young ones. At first it was funny because they were so silly acting; it quickly became annoying. Very annoying. They were old enough to know better. They wanted attention. Finally, not getting the responses they were hoping for, they moved on to other people trying to enjoy the trail. These people were smarter than us because they completely ignored them. When we met up with these walkers I was concerned they would think those rude kids were ours since they had been hanging around us. I cleared up that potential misconception quite quick!
We all agreed that when we were children we never would have approached strangers, let alone approached strangers with the sole purpose of becoming nuisances. After I left, my friend R said the kids approached some elderly persons visiting the Senior Citizen for square-dancing, poking fun of their clothes.
Where were the parents? These kids were around seven to ten years of age—way too young, in my humble opinion, to be allowed to hang around a park unsupervised. Lovely Daughter is 21, lives in an apartment while attending college three hours from home, and I still require her to check in with us every single day.
I feel like an old fogey, wondering what is happening to our youth when it seems, at times, that yesterday I was in my youth! My parents would have been appalled (not to mention livid) if their children had ever been disrespectful to adults. We were taught to say m’am, sir, please, thank you. . . . I feel I can’t blame the children 100% because the parents must not have taught these children respect. Lazy parenting?