it’s a hood life

26 Jun

yup. we live in the hood. sometimes a lovely place to be. very diverse. cultured. lots of unique shops. restaurants. people to talk to. learn things from. for the most part everyone looks out for one another. but not always. i may have mentioned before but my car windows have been smashed. hmm… 5 times i believe. all while being parked behind my house. only once was something taken. hook’s bike has been stolen. off our porch in our gated in yard. and gated in porch. twice. and those honestly are the minor things. today a five year old was shot and killed. while sleeping on the couch. inside his house. by a stray bullet. in a drive-by. not outside. he was five. and asleep. this comes exactly six months after another child. age 3. was shot and killed in his house. as he and his brother were running upstairs inside their house. to get away from gun fire they heard outside. children. someones babies. and it is too much for me. it should be too much for anyone. the wigglers love to stand on the couch. in front of a large window at the front of our house. how do i tell them no this isn’t safe? and why should it not be safe? they are inside. on the couch. looking at trees. and cars. and the garden. kids playing on the sidewalk. hook wants to go play in the backyard with his friends. he is seven. this is what kids do right. and i am anxious to let him out the door. for fear of flying bullets. or people on the prowl. or drugs. or anything. maybe i am too paranoid. violence happens everywhere. i know that. i get that. we could be living in the countryside and a rouge tractor could roll over a kid. or they could fall in a silo. or a ditch. or whatever. i get that. but for some reason those are chances i am more likely to want to take. odds that i feel i have a little more control over. i am not really one to pray per se. i think about things. pontificate. wonder. hope. and try to make things happen. but right now i am praying for the family and friends of the little boy who lost his life today. and the one who was struck down six months ago. and all the teenagers who think these are their only options. and for this community. we have wanted out for years. now we need to make it happen. i refuse to raise my kids to live in fear. inside their own homes.

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7 Responses to “it’s a hood life”

  1. Allison 6 TueUTC2012-06-26T20:25:01+00:00UTC06bUTCTue, 26 Jun 2012 20:25:01 +0000 2009 at 8:25 PM #

    Oh dear. Are there other, safer neighbourhoods nearby that you could move to? We don’t live in the greatest neighbourhood, but I never feel like we’re in danger.

  2. Kirsten 6 WedUTC2012-06-27T06:39:36+00:00UTC06bUTCWed, 27 Jun 2012 06:39:36 +0000 2009 at 6:39 AM #

    My heart breaks for those families. Such a complete tragedy. I hope you can get out of there. I cant imagine living with the fear you do. It must be so hard

  3. Cindy 6 WedUTC2012-06-27T08:30:18+00:00UTC06bUTCWed, 27 Jun 2012 08:30:18 +0000 2009 at 8:30 AM #

    Wow, I can’t begin to imagine the senselessness of it all. Heartbreaking.

  4. Defining Family 6 WedUTC2012-06-27T08:50:42+00:00UTC06bUTCWed, 27 Jun 2012 08:50:42 +0000 2009 at 8:50 AM #

    Being your near neighbor we’ve been feeling these same things. Worrying about the girls playing in the front yard. Over analyzing every car parked out front and watching the park closely. but I have to keep reminding myself that they deserve a carefree childhood and I’m trying desperately not to pass my fears off on them. In all the madness there are many wonderful neighbors living in our hood all sending love to this boys family and hoping the violence ends.

  5. tbean 6 WedUTC2012-06-27T09:45:40+00:00UTC06bUTCWed, 27 Jun 2012 09:45:40 +0000 2009 at 9:45 AM #

    How tragic and heartbreaking. I hope you can find a solution that brings you peace of mind soon.

  6. gaybyrabies 6 ThuUTC2012-06-28T15:21:58+00:00UTC06bUTCThu, 28 Jun 2012 15:21:58 +0000 2009 at 3:21 PM #

    I can’t even imagine. This is so awful, I am sorry something like this happened in your neighborhood. Had there been any sort of community response?

  7. Jen 6 FriUTC2012-06-29T12:24:11+00:00UTC06bUTCFri, 29 Jun 2012 12:24:11 +0000 2009 at 12:24 PM #

    There’s just no words for how terrible and tragic that is. Do you guys plan on moving out? I would be a nervous wreck just like you. I hope you guys can move and quickly.

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