Wow. I just got an interesting visit from a neighbor concerning his kids. In order to clear my head, I wanted to make a record of what happened. I have also changed the names where needed, but everything is true. If you live in Reedy Fork Ranch, you probably know these people. Besides the father being a lunatic, another member of the family is missing lots of teeth and the youngest kids are always dirty. I mean they literally look as if they do not bath a regular basis. Here’s the back story. Liam, my 9-year-old, has been having issues with an 11-year-old girl (who we will call Kara) in the neighborhood and her 5-year-old brother (who we will call Anthony). Evidently, Anthony has been picking on Liam, basically being a pest, by calling him names and swinging his coat and book bag at Liam. Liam gets so aggravated at this little 5-year-old brat that he pushes back sometimes, yells, or chases the kid when he gets off the bus. I’ve told Liam to ignore him or tell the bus driver. Liam says he doesn’t want to tell the bus driver because she wouldn’t do anything, but more on that later.
Yesterday, all the neighborhood kids were playing in the cu-de-sac and running around our backyard. I repeatedly told the kids not to get in the flower beds, go into other people’s yards, or venture into the woods. Later, I look in the cul-de-sac and the kids, including my son Liam, were arguing. I ventured out the door and told Liam and the rest of the kids to stop fighting and then go back inside. Liam later comes inside and tells me that Kara said, “He can’t tell me what to do.” That set me off. I immediately go out and call out to Kara that I want to talk to her. I basically said that I don’t like being talked to behind my back. Also, I asked her why we all can’t get along since we live in the same neighborhood. I asked her to help me with her brother. I told her I have spoken with Liam, but I need her help. I then go inside.
Today, I meet Liam at the bus stop and he says Anthony was again being a pain, but this time he told the bus driver. Liam said the bus driver basically told Anthony to keep his hands to himself and to not touch anyone again. Anthony gets off the bus with Liam. I pleaded with Anthony to stop doing the crazy stuff and please be good. Kara was not on the bus today. She had choir practice.
Later, around 4:30 pm, I hear the doorbell ring and a really loud banging at the door. I thought it was one of my kids, but the door was unlocked. I opened the door and standing in front of me was Kara with her pissed off dad. He’s a little shorter than me. I’m 6’ 1’’. He has a goatee and was wearing what I believed to be a racing car ball cap. The entire family is a strange one. There are rumors of lots of drinking on the parent’s part. Their house is unkempt, one of their cars was towed away by the city of Greensboro for having no tags and sitting on the street, the kids are unsupervised most of the day, every day. And so on and so on. “I understand our children have not been getting along,” said the pissed off dad. “Yes,” I replied. “I understand that too. There have been issues on the bus…” Before I could finish, the pissed off dad (who I will call Bubba) immediately went into a tirade. “I heard you threatened my daughter yesterday and cussed her out.” I was really confused. I did talk to Kara and the rest of the kids. I did speak sternly, but I never cussed. “I didn’t cuss at your daughter.” “Yes you did!” said Bubba louder. “No, I didn’t.” “Yes, you did!” replied Bubba again. He looked at Kara. “Did he cuss at you honey?” asked Bubba. Kara, with her hands balled up over her mouth looked at her dad and shook her head up and down. “He said one word,” replied Kara. “What was the word?” asked Bubba. “Fuck?” “Yes”, said Kara. Bubba looked at me and got closer to my face. I could tell he wanted to rile me up. “What kind of person would say fuck to little kids? What kind of person would threaten my daughter?” “I didn’t threaten your daughter.” I replied calmly. “Yes, you did.” replied Bubba again. “Do you want me to call the police? I can do that right now.” asked Bubba. “Why would you do that,” I replied. “You would be wasting the policeman’s time and money.” He then said, “What kind of person would say those things to a kid? I know you stay home and don’t work, but I just don’t know about you.” I immediately thought what does my staying home have anything to do with our kids not getting along? The pissed off Bubba went on with his crazy rant. “If I hear you ever threaten my daughter again, I will come over and knock you head off. Also, I’ve given my oldest son permission to kick your son’s ass if he touches Anthony again.” So much has come out of this man’s mouth, my head is spinning. Plus, he just threw two obvious threats at me. He then shows me his cell phone. “I want you to know that I’ve called the school board and the school principle and let them know what has been going on. I let them know Liam has been beating up on Anthony at school and on the bus” “Okay.” I calmly replied. I immediately thought did he do this today? It seemed to me he was blowing out a lot of hot air and was trying to provoke me into doing something. I then noticed Kara laughing at me. “Sir, your daughter is laughing at me.” Bubba looks at me and yells, “No she is isn’t.” “Yes she is,” I said. Bubba looks at Kara and asks, “Are you laughing?” Kara shakes her head sideways. Her hands still balled up in front of her mouth. She then immediately bursts out with short laugh. It was the kind of laugh a kid does when they are being reprimanded, but don’t want it to appear their laughing.
At this time, my wife drives up the driveway in her Volkswagen Beetle and see’s the confrontation. I look at Bubba and tell him he is not only wrong, but also crazy and asked him to get off my property. He wouldn’t move. “Get off my property now,” I said to him more sternly pointing to the cul-de-sac. Bubba stopped in the driveway and proceeded to tell Carolyn that I threaten his daughter, cussed, etc. Carolyn immediately stepped up to him and says, “My husband would never do that.” “Yes, he did,” he replied. Carolyn then looked at Kara and said, “Oh Kara, I’m so disappointed in you. Why would you say such a thing?” She didn’t say anything. “Please leave now,” I tell Bubba as I headed down the front steps. He then walked away with his arm around Kara. I heard him basically tell his daughter, “If he ever says anything else to you, I’ll knock his head off.” I also heard Kara laughing.
In closing, I’m thankful the police were not called. I don’t have the time to deal with a crazy man, who may have had either been drinking or was on some kind of medication, much less have to go to court. I do know this. If the older brother does lay a hand on Liam or if I ever get another visit from Bubba, the police will be called.
Man, what a day and it started out so well!