|Holiday Lane- Fort Thomas Ky|
Well, once again a lively discussion has ensued on our Facebook page which I love to see! The only downside is that this time, it was started by an event that caused my son to burst into tears: the theft and subsequent smashing of the pumpkins he had searched so hard for at Benton Farms (see Mama on a Budget story for this, coming tomorrow). I posted the picture of Holiday Ln. where dozens of pumpkins were smashed in the road and asked “How do we stop this Fort Thomas tradition?”
As of this morning, there are 34 comments on this topic ranging from “That’s hilarious” to suggestions to put tacks on the bottoms of the pumpkins or “doggie doo doo” and the creation of new traditions such as one reader who suggested Ft. Thomas celebrate a “pumpkin smashing day” after Halloween and make it a fun and controlled event. There were also discussions about the need for increased police patrol in October, knowing this is an issue and, quite possibly most pointedly, cries for people to know where there kids were and what they are doing.
It was a mix between some real rage and some who found comedy in the situation. Personally, I take issue with the fact that it is the theft and destruction of property even if it is only intended by the thieves to be a harmless prank. Additionally, it does not make me feel safe to know that people are coming on to my porch and stealing things from me.
This “tradition”, which we called “Cabbage Day” when we were in high school, has been going on for more than a decade at least and I have never seen any attempts at curbing this. I enjoyed reading the suggestions about how to redirect the behavior in a positive manner. To me, what was most germane, was the question posed by several readers to the parents of those who were doing the destruction (I am assuming it was bored teenagers): do you know what your kids are doing?
As a society, it seems a lot of us have deviated from parenting our children instead choosing to befriend and accommodate and indulge them but as a community, I was hoping we were better than that. To me, “it takes a village” is not just a turn of phrase but a call to action for a community to educate our young people and raise them to make good decisions, not “harmless pranks” and “victimless crimes” which actually reduce our even younger kids to tears.