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August 24, 2010

Country Living

Living in the country has its own rewards
Plenty of space for animals and gardens
Four acres of elbow room

The family lived in a rented house
Large chicken coop and fenced chicken yard
Pigeons and pigs and cows and rabbits

This is the best they had lived so far
The two children thought they were rich now
There was food to eat and even time to play

Country living meant no neighbors near by
Also no need for curtains on windows
Privacy was automatic given the setting

The little girl didn't want to go to bed
She said someone was looking in her window
The parents laughed at her and sent her to bed

The bed time skirmish continued several nights
Her bedroom window was facing the side of the house
She began sleeping on the floor next to her bed

Finally the parents walked around outside the house
There were footprints and cigarette butts at her window
They told her about their discovery

Then they told her to stop being a baby and go to bed.

35 comments:

Opaque said...

This defines country living. Sad!

anne h said...

Four acres of elbow room!
Love that description.
This story stopped me in my tracks.

Betty said...

That´s so sad. I bet that little girl was afraid for a long time.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

.... why would the parents ignored such a thing? .....

Gary's third pottery blog said...

WHAT???????

deb said...

no words

DJan said...

It's really hard not to be believed. And then when you are found to be correct, not to have action taken to correct the problem but instead to be ridiculed. Sad.

Jeanie said...

The fear is bad enough. The knowledge that the parents don't care is even worse.

Silver Strands said...

YIKES! Eeek!
oxoxo
Denalee

BLOGitse said...

Oh man...that's sad...but well written.

TALON said...

The last line gave me chills...which shows how beautifully you write, TechnoBabe.

The Urban Cowboy said...

That's crazy! When I was with my ex, we had a problem with a peeping tom, nothing me, my dog, and a gun couldn't fix!

Syd said...

It is scary enough at night as a kid but this is terrible. Very sad.

Kristina P. said...

Creepy!

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

Can I go sucker punch them in the face,... parents and creepy onlookers,... premise to sexual abuse?

Bernie said...

My heart aches for this child, she had no one to turn to nor any place to go but the floor....This is wrong in so many ways....Hugs

Brian Miller said...

what!?! are tehy crazy...stop being a baby...steaming me up techno...

Maggie May said...

Worse that the parents knew about it & didn't care than if they thought it was just imagination.
Awful.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

ummm huh? evidence and the girl was the baby? I think not

Gail said...

Very sad. Nicely written Techno!

blueviolet said...

What? They didn't do anything about it? Awful.

English Rider said...

It helps a child so much to see that problems are taken seriously and then be shown how to resolve them (by calling the cops, for example!). This makes me really mad. We had a "pantie-bandit" after my daughter's underwear. It took a while, and a Nanny-cam, but we caught him and he did three years in jail.

Clippy Mat said...

how awful.
every child deserves to be heard and cared for.
:-(

Fragrant Liar said...

Holy crap! Somebody slap those parents!

ellen abbott said...

I'm with Fragrant Liar.

secret agent woman said...

Parents can do as much damage by what they don't do as by what they do. So many don't feel the need to protect their children.

lisleman said...

wow the reality of this was not what I thought by the title.
What a terrible painful mistake by the parents. It's a bad cycle sometimes with bad parents raising kids that go on to be bad parents themselves.

I understand you broke that cycle and more power to you.
all the best

Big Dave T said...

I would like to live in the country just for the experience of nature and privacy. But I'd be a little scared too, like the little girl.

KleinsteMotte said...

Not sure why the parents made her accept the peeping tom though my gut tells me to suspect the worst since no one's around their place in the country.

Gerry Boyd said...

ominous indeed. great write. gave me the creeps.

Ed Pilolla said...

what a counter intuitive ending. i think it's hysterical that the parents told her to just go to bed after seeing evidence of a trespasser and sneak. i love surprise endings, no matter how dark and disturbed:)

Kulio said...

Ughhhh!!!!

Always believe your kids because you never know!

Unknown Mami said...

That's very upsetting.

Cricket said...

Wow. And yikes. What else is there to say.

Marla said...

What?? How terrifying for that little girl.