Sunday, 10 July 2011
Thinking of Others
On my return to blogging after a turbulant 2011, I must express my deep belief that one should think of others and I return to my "Brownie Guide Promise"........
"I promise that I'll do my best, and do my duty to God, to serve the Queen and help other people and keep the brownie guide law"
"A brownie guide should think of others before herself, do a good turn every day"
I was seven years old when I made those promises and although I have made mistakes along the way, still to this day try to adhere to them.
I am bringing my children up to be considerate to others as well and that means being respectful of property and of peoples feelings.
Bearing this in mind, you can imagine how awful it was to have a teenage party going on across the road in our small and generally quiet cul-de-sac. 15 year olds drinking alcohol and being supervised by parents who were also drinking. Had the party remained in the house there wouldn't have been a problem but it spilled out into the street and below our bedroom window, also onto the roads at the back of us. Bottles being smashed, kids dodging cars so there were car horns and shouts, attempting to break in to the empty house by us and generally being disruptive. They are not the type of people who can be approached so erring on the side of caution my friend and neighbour called the police.
This was followed by the mother banging first on my front door where my husband was trying to sleep ready for a 6am shift and then on Frans door. She wanted to know who had called the police and why. The incident culminated in me tripping over and bashing my face as I tried to keep up with my fellow neighbours and finally my husband having to get out of bed and use his warrant card to disperse the crowds.....
We all have parties, we all love parties but the difference is we have respect for others and are mindful of their living conditions. On the one occasion I did organise a large party, I hired the local hall for £30 so that our neighbours would not be inconvenienced.
A sad state of affairs that generally people think that they have the right to do whatever they want albeit at the expense of others...... Food for thought!