Friday, November 1, 2013

Love your Neighbor as Yourself, But Don't Take Down the Fence!

"Love your neighbor as yourself; but don't take down the fence."
 Carl Sandburg 

I gotta tell ya...I'm not loving my neighbors today!! Last night was Halloween night of course. We didn't get many trick-or-treaters so we expected an uneventful night. Unfortunately that was not the case.

Around 11 pm some kids in a car decided to drive like maniacs down the alley on the block adjacent to ours. They came out of the alley at a high rate of speed and lost control once they got on the street and they came crashing through the fence into my backyard!

My son happened to be outside with the dogs and was quick enough to move out of the way before they could mow him down as well. He remembers hearing the car's engine and seeing the headlights and thinking "Oh crap, they're not stopping" and moving out of the way.

They broke through the fence...the fence that my daddy built! I think that is the worse part, that dad built this fence and now part of it is destroyed and will have to be rebuilt by a stranger, someone that didn't put his heart into it.

I'm grateful that no one was hurt. I know that is numero uno! But now that my son is safe, and our doggy's are safe, I can grieve for the fence and the memories of my dad putting it together and his opening the gate to park his RV.

The stupid kids put the car in reverse and fled the scene. My son said he heard the passenger yelling, "Put it in reverse, put it in reverse!" Hopefully they were not hurt, I wouldn't want them to be hurt. Hopefully it put the fear of God into them and they won't ever be that reckless again! And hopefully their parents will see the damage to the car and do the right thing...hopefully.


  1. WoW! That is sad. Hopefully they will come forward and have their insurance pay for the damages. I'm sorry you had to go through that my friend. Life will get better.

  2. Thank you Grammy. Now the hard part, dealing with the insurance company and getting estimates *sigh*

    but it must be done!

  3. Did you report it to the police? Maybe they left some paint from the car on the fence....maybe!

    1. They left part of their bumper, a wheel well, the grill that says Nissan and some wiring and a headlight. The police took everything. We know it was a white Nissan Altima.

    2. Good grief they must really plowed into your yard to leave all those parts. Thank goodness your son and the dogs were not hurt. Idiots! Complete and total idiots. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for them to come foreword hopefully the police wii find them. Sorry they destroyed your Dad's fence, I know that would hurt.

    3. That was the worst part, they knocked down my dad's fence! He would have been livid and he would have been out there the very next day fixing it again. My dad could do anything! Yes, definitely they were idiots and probably drunk or high. They had to be going at a very high rate of speed and I'm glad they hit the curb as that probably slowed them down quite a bit. I'm just grateful they didn't hit the house!!!

  4. Ugh! I am glad no one was hurt but those kids sound like idiots!

  5. Wow, I am so thankful your son and dogs were safe. This could have been tragic. The fence will always remind you of your father, and perhaps it helped protect your son by slowing the car. Your father might still be looking over you. Think of the repair as a reminder of his love and protection over you.

    I do hope they catch the culprits. A lesson on accountability is in order here and I hope they learn it. You'll have to keep us posted.


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