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I'm a single mom with two great kids living near Dallas, Texas. This is my life; day to day things that are probably only important to me. This is my record of my ups, my downs and the road that I've taken along the way. For whatever reason YOU'RE here, I hope you find something you can enjoy and/or relate to. God bless.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Little Girl Lost

We were all doing our normal, typically boring, Wednesday evening , getting on with our lives type of things last night when suddenly we hear a blood curdling scream. A very high pitched terrifying scream near the front of the house. A very non-male scream, and it wasn't me. We all run from different areas of the house, meeting in the front entry way, to find a little girl surrounded by my three large dogs, all being bigger than her. I've never seen this girl before, have no idea who she is, guessing her to be around 4 ~ 6 years old. Mark and I are bewildered when Dusty, one of Charlie's friends from across the street who is visiting, explains that this little girl is Alyssa and lives down the street. Dusty tells us that she must have followed him, and often lets herself into peoples houses. He and Charlie tell the little girl that it's okay, the dogs won't hurt her, whereas I tell her (and the boys) that 'NO', it's not okay and that she is to leave my house.
I suppose this is where I should remind y'all that I've stated many times, I do not like little kids. Never have. Thank God for my husband for being such a hands on kind of dad that it helped get my kids to an age where I wasn't tempted to smother them in their sleep.
I tell the boys to help her get back outside so that she doesn't let my dogs out of the house. This is a big problem that we have, and one, *ONE*, of the reasons that I'm so bothered. Charlie's dog, Rocky, which can be seen on my picture page, is a runner. He's a mutt, but we think part whippet, which is a running dog. Even though he's 10 years old, you can not catch this dog. Unfortunately our chocolate lab, Porter, is a follower and Rocky is his biggest buddy. I can't count how many times these dogs have gotten out because of a door not closing properly and how many people have had to drive around for hours at a time trying to find these dogs. Once they were found about 10 miles away in a heavy storm, and Rocky always thinks he has the right of way in any road, which terrifies us.
So, when I'm upset with this child for just walking into my home, one of the reasons is that my dogs could have very easily been let out. Another reason is, what kind of trouble this child could get into walking into the 'wrong' house. Actually, in my mind...any house but her house is the wrong house...but you get my meaning.
I know when my kids were little, one of the biggest lessons to teach them was to not go in anyone's home that you didn't know, and never with out asking me (their parent's) permission first.
Well, the little girl is upset because the dogs scared her (and rightly so), and because I scared her (again...rightly so). I walked off leaving the boys to get her out of the house.
I'm thinking about her just walking in, and how my dogs could be loose, so I go outside to make sure she understands she is to never do this again. When I walk outside, Dusty is holding her and she is in tears. Mark is getting his bike out of the garage to go for a ride, and Dusty tells us that I made her cry. Yeah, well, good.
I call her name, and when she looks at me I tell her "You are to never walk into my house again without knocking". She starts crying harder. I call her name again, and she looks at me as I ask her "Do you understand?" I'm speaking very calmly, not yelling in the slightest. I just want to make sure that I don't have to start worrying about her just walking in again...ever. Dusty, bless his heart, is whispering to her to say 'yes ma'am". I have to tell her again and ask, again, if she understands before she answers me. Mark is laughing at how I've made yet another kid cry (remember I've said before that this is why I only teach high school levels...kids just cry too easy for me).
A little while later Dusty's mom calls me. She's laughing, but she tells me that Alyssa apparently cried for quite awhile, and that our friend and neighbor, Terri, had held the little girl for a long time trying to comfort her. Dusty had told them what happened and Terri was worried that I'd scarred this little girl. Here is my thought, GOOD. If this will keep her from walking into a total strangers home, when no one in her family has any idea of who's home she's disappeared into...it's a GOOD thing. It could, very well, save her life or at the very least keep something tragic from happening to her. Dusty's mom tells me that she does this kind of thing a lot. Has no one talked to her parents? This is an extremely dangerous habit. I'll be going down to talk to her parents today. Haven't met them before, and I'm not a people person, apparently, but I want them to know she is NOT welcomed to do this in my home. And to make them aware that she's not only doing this to her immediate neighbors that she or they know, but to strangers home. If my dogs had attacked her (I mean, her just walking in was enough reason to confuse them and draw their attention, but her screaming in their faces could have had more severe results) it would have been tragic, for all concerned. And of course...my dog's could have gotten out!!


Blogger Heather said...

Okay this seriously made me laugh and at the same time appalled me. I think you were perfectly within your rights. Who lets their kid do that?? If I thought for one minute my daughter was just letting herself into other peoples homes.. whether I knew them or not.. I would probably leash her to my house. I can't believe this. And the nerve of that woman being pissed that you might have scarred her. Hello!! Somebody obviously needs to be a parent to that little girl.

8:34 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

heather ~ Thank you honey!! Nice to know someone agrees with me. Actually, my hubby and the kids do too, but they know me and are use to me.
But hey, what if we'd been a home of a pedophile?

9:16 AM  
Anonymous threeblognight (who else) said...

your a meany...as my daughter would say. but hey, still a funny story. We have one, count em one black family in town....their kid walks into peoples houses all the time and turns the TV on. Everyone knows where to take this brat....and if you tv is on when you get home..start looking for the kid.

Parents need to know where their children are for pete's sake.

9:50 AM  
Blogger BigBill said...

I scare the kids in my neighborhood also... I don't know if it's my size my loudness or what but they keep out of my way, Unless they know me, then its game on. I coach 12 year old girls fast pitch softball and I have little or no time for crying or whinning!! I like little kids but I have the habit of letting them joke around with me too much and then I have to put them back into place as far as respect. Most of the time this works and is a good management tool for kids to learn there is a time and place for everything... So yes I have also made children cry don't feel bad.. Wait to see How many children cry because of me and my antics this Halloween!! MUHAHAHAHAHAAH

10:41 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

The really sad thing I suppose (and this shows where my priorities lie) is that if your dags had bitten her they would have been facing execution becasue she came into your house uninvited.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I can't tell you how refreshing it is to read something like this. My neighbor girl when I was little once walked to my door completely naked (she was already four) looking for me. My father had to lecture her that she should never go anywhere in public like that again. The rest of us in my house were laughing, especially when she ran back to her house and we could see toilet paper sticking out of her ass.

You actually did this child a big favor that her useless parents did not. Be sure to let us know if her parents thank you or lecture you on how "mean" you were to her.

God bless you!

12:51 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

TBN ~ One? Where do you live? Mine are 14 & 16 and I still always know where they are.

bill ~ lol, I would say 'my kind of guy' except that you voluntarily work with them. :)

exmi ~ EXACTLY!!

eddie ~ That's one of the funniest stories I've ever heard! How cute is that image?!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Prince Alexander said...

This is truly a funny post. A woman after my own heart. I don't like kids either, but still have a heart to teach them a good lesson, like you did.

Now I'm sure her parents will want for you to pay her therapy bill for years to come. LOL

3:43 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

prince ~ you're new here to my blog, welcome! Glad I could make you smile, and nice to know we share a common dislike. :)

4:08 PM  
Anonymous blackops said...

This is a very odd habit this little girl has and apparently her parents are just as odd for allowing this siuation to even take place. And hell yeah this couldve been even worse than it was, luckily for all involved it wasnt. Hopefully this little girl remembers everything you said, you may have said her life in more ways than we could possibly know. Its a good thing I was able to read this ;)

4:46 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Good gracious! What are her parents thinking? My daughter is 8 and she goes NO WHERE without me knowing about it. Those parents are neglectful to say the least. I can't wait to read your post about how your encounter with them went! I'd be having a chat with them too.

5:40 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

blackop ~ Let me know whatever I can do to make your life as easy as possible...it's what I live for. Hugs!

Wendy ~ I agree with you 100% I went down today to talk to them, but they both work and they weren't home before I had to leave for my sons football game (we lost), so I'll try again tomorrow. And hey, thanks for the visit!

8:18 PM  
Blogger bbsgirl said...

You actually did this child a huge favor and if her parents get mad at you for scaring her they seriously need counseling in parenting...if they don't already.

If I was you and that was my home she walked into like that...I would have called the police and told them there was a lost little girl that just walked into my house...let social services handle her parents. I hope this little girls gets to grow up. So many things could have went wrong in the wrong house.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Twisted Chick said...

I don't care for kids either, except my own and a few choice little rats that I'm close to. Rats in the most loving possible way, of course. :D

I had a neighbor kid just walk into my place once too, again I think the brain sharing is scary here, I made him cry and took him home and "talked" to his parents. Needless to say they didn't like me too much and thought I was over-reacting. I think not. I think you did that little girl a good service, she'll remember that if she ever thinks of walking into another house again, it may just save her life.

I'm off for the rally, I'll get some pictures, talk to you soon darlin!

11:12 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

jan ~ from what I'm hearing about the parents, I think you may be right. Let you know after I meet them...oh joy. :)

Tracie ~ my buddy, my twin...of course it happened to you, you mirror my existence. I hope you have the best time at the rally.

6:06 AM  
Anonymous blackops said...

LOL!!! No problemo.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

That's crazy. She needs a belt put to her butt. It's good thing you said what you said to her. It will make her think twice before walking into a random stranger's home in the future...

Man, I hate kids too. I died laughing. That's so funny hearing that you hate kids and you have kids of your own. Hahahahaha!!!!

11:31 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

Shawn ~ if it weren't for my kids having a really decent parent (my husband) I promise their being here would have been in jeopardy. The older they got, the better I liked them. They're 14 (nearly 15) and 16 now, they're real people. I'm so glad they made it!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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2:45 AM  

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