On to the next blog hop. I'm publishing early because I am off this weekend, sans kids, sans husband, on an adventure such as I have never experienced before. I think there may be some blog fodder in it, but if nothing else, I am content to see it as fascinating subcultural experience.
But this week...this week provided one of those experiences that restores some of your faith in the good.
Our front yard is one of the bus stops for our neighborhood. I love this for a variety of reasons, with being able to put my daughter on the bus while still wearing my pajamas, at the top. And barefoot, Clark, barefoot.
This week, while none of the parents were looking, some of the kids broke a window in our garage by swinging too closely and too wildly in the hammock. I didn't happen to be outside that morning so I only found out when three of the parents knocked on our door after the bus had departed. They offered to pass the hat since they hadn't gotten any confessions.
And then, that evening, we found a note on our door. One of the fifth grade boys couldn't live with the guilt and had tearily confessed to his mother. In further emails, she told me she had explained that she wasn't angry, but that he needed to apologize, and they would take responsibility by paying for our window repair. When he said two other boys were involved, she told him that did not mean he shouldn't take responsibility for his own actions.
I really don't think there could be a more perfect parent reaction. Kindness and responsibility in action.
I keep meaning to take this child aside and express to him how maturely I think he acted. In the meantime, I contented myself with a brief homily to the bus stop kids on taking care of others' property and not letting one person take the blame for your own actions. I understand why the mother of one of the children doesn't want to get involved, but I don't mind encouraging confessions for their sake. We'll see if my moralizing has any effect. $183 is a lot of money.
Now, off on my adventure!
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