When our kids were small we were driving on the highway in the boonies,
going about 20 miles away, to meet at a state park for a picnic with friends.
We came up over a hill & around a blind curve, & there, across both lanes,
were 3 young boys with fishing poles riding their bikes side by side!!!
Luckily, hubby was going way under the speed limit
& they moved over just in the nick of time!
I wanted to pull over & give them a lecture on riding single file!
Hubby said I wasn't their mother,
& it wasn't my place to lecture somebody else's kids!
That was back before the whole 'it takes a village' thing!
I thought if it was our kids doing something dangerous,
I'd want someone to yell at them!
I told hubby in the least he should have blared the horn & scared their pants off!!!
He said he thought about it, but was afraid they would wipe out!
A couple of days later it was in our newspaper,
that someone came along after us & did hit one of them!
He was killed & the driver was being charged with involuntary manslaughter!
I made a phone call & we went into the police station to give a statement.
Apparently there were no witnesses to the accident.
When we told them that we had almost hit them too,
& were able to verify the time that we were traveling through there,
which wasn't mentioned in the newspaper, the charges were dropped.
But that's one of the biggest regrets in my life,
that we didn't stop & make them aware
that what they were doing was so dangerous!
They may not have listened anyway,
but then again, they may have!!!