I’ve always liked living on base. A lot of people will complain about neighbors but we’ve really never had an issue. Until recently anyway. I’m feeling like we’re being targeted because our kids are older here.
I joined a Facebook group for the people who live in housing here, and mostly it is about upcoming events, but there’s always the gossipy wives. And apparently all of those live on my street.
Most of them are a good 10+ years younger than I am, fresh out of high school, with young kids. And all they do is complain about the teens on base. Well, they complain about everything, but I take the teen stuff personally since I’m one of the only ones on the road with kids that age.
Last night really annoyed me though- they were talking about kids who were walking in the road instead of on the sidewalk. I get that, it’s annoying. But the speed limit is like 2 mph here and I know I did stupid stuff like that at this age. They’re talking about calling the base police and following the kids home though.
They have also complained about teenaged kids hanging out at the playgrounds. There’s NOTHING to do around here, so I’m not sure why a couple of kids sitting out on the swings is so bad. It wasn’t that long ago that these ladies were teens themselves- what were they doing?
There was a big discussion about how kids under 12 shouldn’t be outside unsupervised awhile back in the same group. Really? 12? We lived in a fenced community of all military families. It theoretically should be the safest place to raise your kids. I’m not following my 10 year old while she rides her scooter around the neighborhood.
People wonder why kids are always in front of the TV or computer or video games- it’s because their parents get harassed if they let them outside.