This is the part of that thin blue line I always fall off of.
How far is too far? When am I not just protective, but waaaay over protective?
Sometimes I think it is better NOT to know what is in my town, on my block, right next door... but at the same time I'm grateful for the knowledge.
The locals here really make me mad because they down play the dangers to our kids. I have a few friends in situations where there is a dangerous person living in close proximity to them... someone who the police really could and should protect them from... but nothing can be done. Why? Because the public has tied their hands by refusing to report things. Because they don't want to be "bad neighbors".
What neighbor is worse? The one who reports a potential child abuser or the one who says nothing and then a child is abused?
All of this is weighing heavily on me this week as I'm trying to decide what to do with a person at church who is just being a bit too friendly to my 3 year old. I don't really think anything bad could come of it, but the behavior is TOO familiar for my taste and I worry about my boy being too lax down the road with someone who could hurt him. Plus, I don't know this specific person from Adam and frankly, I don't really want too.
Don't want to hurt feelings, but I do want this person to back off a bit from my child.
Also don't want to stir things up because in a small town it ALWAYS turns into a cop family vs. town situation.
Gotta love small towns.
My Life Right Now
1 year ago