posted on Dec, 17 2011 @ 11:13 AM
This truly is a sad state of affairs.
On one hand, it is nice to know that people are on the lookout for creepers..but this is taking it too far. If I honestly thought a man was taking
pics of young kids on the beach, and it seemed "off"..I would observe for a while before jumping to conclusions. As a woman who was raised by a
single mom, I am naturally more aware of the people around me. We had to be street smart growing up.
So many people now have TV reality coursing through their neurons..they are basically trained to suspect everyone else. Sort of reminds me of 1984.
What is sad, however..is growing up in the 80's, kids were so much smarter then. We knew who to trust in the neighborhood, and who did not belong. I
used to go chat up neighbor guys who would impart various teachings..
The old man across the street, Aubrey, would tell me stories of being a kid in the 20's. He would let me play with his pet rabbit. Another man on the
other side showed me how to add stuff to my bike to make noise. Up the street was a guy who showed us kids how to make firecrackers (haha..nice) and
Heck, I even remember a guy taking a bunch of us in the back of his pickup truck to Hardee's for softserve.
But RIGHT next door was a total weirdo and we just knew that we avoided him..that was it.
My husband grew up in Tunisia at the same time period and spoke of when kids ruled the streets (safety in numbers) and actually the adults were more
afraid of roving bands of kids.. Since everyone was close-knit, you could spot a stranger from a mile off and by the time that guy got into town,
everyone and their brother knew about it.
How times have changed. So few of us now, in just a few short decades, have any connection to those we live around. I believe that has been our
collective undoing, in many ways.