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9 yr old surprised me
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screaminghollow    Posted 05-05-2003 at 08:48:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
On Saturday, three strangers, walked along the edge of our creek, passed NO Trespassing signs and within 100 feet of the back of my house. (They had traveled about 600 feet onto our property) Our dog stood at the edge of the fence barking at them as they walked along, trudging through an area made mushy by a spring. One of the women kept yelling at the dog to "Go Home!" I was coming from the barn to see what the fuss was about and heard my 9yr daughter yell at them, "He IS home. Why don't YOU Go Home!"
The woman called my daughter "Rude!" just as I turned the corner of the house. Before I could say a word, my daughter replied that it was far more rude to come on our property and bother us without permission.
Normally, she is very timid and respectful to everyone. I was quite shocked.
Not sure whether to scold her or reward her.

Jim In Oberlin    Posted 05-12-2003 at 21:09:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bravo for the 9 year old.The little ones speak the truth. We have a little acerage and in the winter the snowmobiles take over everyones property. The sheriff says to get a license number. Yea right. Then come spring you have this wide track mark to remind you of their selfishness.We want to go up to their yards in the spring with the horses. Seems the only people disrespectful of peoples property are those that have no property. I say if you don't have property to ride, whatever ,you can't buy it.

Taylor Lambert    Posted 05-06-2003 at 21:23:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I understand the feeling of the tress passers, Seems nowadays folks dont give a Rats butt over anything, My dad and i are shutting a landfill down for the trailer plant that we covered for and cant win over the 4 wheelers A lady road down a slope i just dressed and cut a donut on it after i asked if she could read. Think after we get it clossed what we cant block with brush we ll take the scraper and ctu flat bottm ditches with a border fence on the outside edges. Had a kid cuss me the other day because i escorted him out of the place and that night someone came back and razor knifed the seat on the 4000 Ford. I swore last week after having to re hay a 2 to 1 slope by hand again that the next out of gas atv we find will get to meet mister D5 Caterpillar or mister scraper. I think after the 15th bale i toted up the hill broke spread and had reinspected i was ready to kill. Folks call us everything in the book doesnt bother me but its hard for them to explain that the EPA is or boss. Give your daughter a hand for what she did. My dad leaves our goat fence unplugged but our new neighbors have been taking it down to walk and rid atvs along our property line to survey theirs. Big surprise the next time cause its not unplugged anymore.

magpie    Posted 05-06-2003 at 04:51:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like she did the right thing, if you scold her you are sending her mixed messages. After all the signs are their for a reason, and you have asked people to leave. I think I would take her inside and fix her a big ice cream sundae. I have had my share of trespassers, and I have found that vandalism seems to follow them around.

JanO    Posted 05-05-2003 at 19:35:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like you have one heck of a great little girl there. I not only would give her a hug, but anything else she wants just for standing up and speaking her mind.

Cathy in Oregon    Posted 05-05-2003 at 17:03:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with Salmoneye! This girl is usually polite and kind, that shows compassion for her fellow human. And when someone is over the line she stands up for herself. What a girl! I only wish I had her gumption when I was her age... would have saved me a lifetime of getting my feelings hurt!!

As for stories. My Cowpa (grandpa) used to tell the about the time he ran across a father and son hunting on his property.
Cowpa: "Didn't you see the no trespassing signs?"
Father: "Nope"
Kid: "Yeah, sure we did Dad, remeber we passed it as we were crawling over the fence"

Give that girl an extra hug for me

toolman    Posted 05-05-2003 at 15:45:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
it ,s like that all over no respect for your property go for walk in there back yards in town different story, reward your daughter and be proud of her, i would say most of the folks on here already are.

DeadCarp    Posted 05-05-2003 at 11:34:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd talk to the trespassers first so i could recognize them in court if anything turned up missing or damaged. and see whether they had car troubles or couldn't read or what. People hate being confronted and that's your daughter's edge. :)

Salmoneye    Posted 05-05-2003 at 09:59:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why on earth would you even consider scolding her?

She was well within her rights...And...

She was a darn site more polite than I would have been...

Good for her, I say, and good for you for having raised a woman that will not get stepped on in life!

Maggie/TX    Posted 05-05-2003 at 12:52:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
As usual, Salmoneye hit the nail right on the head. I think you should be proud of the child and tell her so. :)

GusandEdie    Posted 05-05-2003 at 09:50:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
So whats the rest of the story? Did they leave your property

screaminghollow    Posted 05-05-2003 at 12:59:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
They did leave back the same way they came. Of course I stood there pointing the way for a minute or two. We sure have had a spate of trespassers lately. Mostly adults who should know better. We are a good 1/4 mile off the road and can't be seen from the road. If a car broke down, there are houses every 200 to 400 feet along the roads around here. I've had problems with only three of 17 neighbors adjoining my place. This group wasn't anyone I recognized and they weren't dressed for hiking marshy woods. (loafers and designer jeans) Two years ago, around dusk, we found a woman standing right behind our house in the back yard. I asked if I could help her and she said she was just out for a walk. I asked her if she saw the No Trespassing signs and she replied that she had, but thought that was to keep out hunters. (I later learned that she was the local animal control warden.) I told her she was welcome to leave the way she came. and watched as she stumbled across the hollow and up the otherside. We are in the process of building a fence all around the perimeter. Maybe that will help.

Sid    Posted 05-05-2003 at 19:32:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
That makes me consider my self lucky in a way we can still hike on the neighbors. Course I grew up here and have known them as long as I can remember. He usually lets me know when blackberries are ready.

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