Initially I was concered for their safety. Now I fear for their safety and the stupidity of their parents.
I walked out to check our mail this afternoon and I noticed a HUGE pile of leaves in the middle of the street about 3 houses away. I stopped and watched a little closer because I heard rustling and then giggling. I was shocked to see 4 kids from five years old to ten years old playing in the pile of leaves in THE MIDDLE OF OUR STREET.
I watched for several minutes. Just as I was about to go into the house I heard a car. I ran into the road like a lunatic waving my hands in the air and yelling stop. The kids popped up and ran to the yard. The car continued, waved ans she passed and then those kids went back to playing in the middle of the street camouflaged by leaves.
Well, crap! I realized I had to walk down to my neighbors house and knock on the door. I didn't want to get involved at all.
When Jane Doe answered he door I smiled and asked how her holiday prep was coming along and made a moment worth of small talk. I asked her if she knew the kids were in the leaves that were piled in the street, and she said yes. I explained that I saw a car that nearly didn't stop before going through the leaves. She told me she saw the car and that she saw it slow down. I saw that, too. I never saw the car stop. In my mind I was thinking [okay lady!going slow in a huge car through the leaves will still mame kids and possibly kill them] but that's not what I said. Before I left I apologized for making a fuss and assured her that the kids were my concern. She smiled and wished me a Happy Thanksgiving.
Then another car came down the road. This time the car did not slow down, but instead came to a screeching halt as the kids jumped and ran from the leaves. I watched, but no adult came out of the house and as soon as the car passed the kids went back to the leaves inthe street.
I called the police.
I expect I'll be getting a visit from the neighbors. If not, I'll bet they stop waving.
I think it was the right thing to do. Would you have called the cops? If not, what, if anything, would you have done?