The last two years haven’t been easy on anyone, but I would argue that people who had to figure out how to navigate having their children home with them the entire time had it worse than most.
If you were a parent who was trying to suddenly work from home while your children went to school from home and have managed to come out intact and without alcoholism?
My hat is off to you.
My hat is also off to this woman, who found herself home for an extended amount of time with all seven of her children.
Her neighbors, however, didn’t feel the same respect – and that’s when the trouble began.
The mother’s name is Raquel Davis, and she says that, given the situation, she encouraged her kids to play outside as much as possible. This worked out well, because the kids were into skateboarding and played well together outdoors.
That said, a group of seven children can be noisy even if they’re not trying to be (parents know they definitely don’t even notice), and the neighbors claimed they could hear the children outside (sometimes cursing – le gasp) even when they were inside their own homes.
Davis doesn’t know who called the police first or how many people piled on, but it happened more than once, according to an interview with the local news.
“So now that it’s with my kids and cops are being called on them, I don’t really know how to resolve this when they’re just skateboarding. …I didn’t know it was not okay for kids to be outside skateboarding.”
Davis claims she told her kids to quiet down and always brought them in by dark, but the complaints – about children skateboarding on a public road, mind you – continued to roll in.
So, after the police were called on her son’s birthday party, she put up a huge sign in her yard that read “This neighborhood is full of Karens.
One of the neighbors, Bruce Foster, went on record with his complaints.
“These folks moved in, and it’s basically ‘The Animal House,’ house in the neighborhood. There is like no sense of noise control.
It’s like there’s a park going on here. This is a neighborhood. It’s not the park.
The people that live here did not move next to the park on purpose.”
I…am cringing so hard that someone could make this statement and not hear how it sounds.
As for Davis, she’s sorry that people in the neighborhood are upset about the sign, but she’s at the end of her rope.
“That’s why I came to this because I don’t know what else to do.
I don’t know who’s calling. I keep my kids in past dark.
I don’t know what to do.”
I’m guessing that with the state of the current housing market, moving really isn’t an option, either. Personally, I think her neighbors need to be a bit more gracious, but that’s me.
How would you handle this one? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!