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July 03, 2005

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Jodie

I live in the subburbs and when we bought this house, it looked like the perfect place to raise kids. But all the kids are so busy in sports, lessons, extra homework, church activities...That's only on the week days! The other kids are latch key kids and have to lock themselves inside until 7:00 p.m. It's like living in a ghost town and I feel so isolated. Especially with 3 small children. I can't even let my kids play in the front yard because even the police officers speed down our street oblivious to any living creature.
This area does not value play. I am constantly on the phone trying to find kids who are home to play with my 6 year old. There's one kid who is homeschooled, he is 10 and mommy won't even let him walk down to our house on the same side 4 houses down, without watching him. I'm trying to say she is way to overprotected, he doesn't even know how to swim or ride a bike, he's not even allowed to go barefooted.
Anyway, the homeschool kid comes over and I let them play in the rain, in the sand, with water and their souls rejoice. The latch key kid comes to my house after school instead of an empty box. On Sat. I go out in the front and supervise baseball games, tennis, frisbee, chalk roads, bike riding, play,play,play. I take my kids on daily walks and we wave to ever living creature in a car, on the sidewalk, up a tree, in the leaves. Since I've started waving, people wave back and they slow down. I am making a difference, my children will make a difference. Be creative and find hope.

donna

Good for you, Jodi! Thank you so much for sharing - I am sure what you wrote will help inspire others to also make a difference in their neighborhoods! Thank you!

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