Disabled Mom & 4-Year-Old Girl Lose Their Garden Because Heartless Officials Won't Break the Rules
by Mary Fischer
OMG. Want to hear something that will really make your blood boil? A 4-year-old girl is losing the vegetable garden she tends to outside her subsidized housing unit because residents of the building are not allowed to have any sort of structure within landscaped areas.
The child uses the garden to grow fresh, healthy vegetables for her and her mother to eat -- something they cannot afford to buy right now. Did I mention the girl's mother isseverely disabled and they're currently living on a fixed income of $628 a month?
The little garden is right outside their back door. In addition to providing them with food, it also gives the little girl something to keep her occupied and probably makes her feel like she's helping her mom in some way -- so what's the harm in letting her keep it?
Apparently the rules from the USDA's Rural Development Agency are way more important than the health and well being of this family, which is why the property management company for the building has ordered that the garden be taken out this week.
I'm sorry -- I fully understand that you have to enforce the rules sometimes so things don't get out of hand or, in this case, so residents don't wind up having something offensive outside of the units in the building. But how in the heck is a small vegetable garden going to hurt anyone? I highly doubt any of the other people who live in the building have a problem with it. If anything, they're probably happy to see a little girl learning some responsibility by helping out her mother instead of getting into some sort of mischief.
Plain and simple, this sounds like a case of people enforcing rules simply because they can -- because they want to prove that they have some sort of power over the residents in that building.
Ugh. I feel so horrible for that poor little girl and even more so for her mom who will have to console her when the garden is removed. Nothing about this situation is remotely close to being fair.
Do you think it's fair for this garden to be taken away?
Image via soommen/Flickr