i found a note from my landlord taped to my (and everyone else's) front door this morning. in the past few months, quite a few kids have moved into our complex. this was great news, because when we first moved in, blake was the only kid and never had anyone to play with. well apparently now he can't play at all.
the note said that the kids must stop riding their bikes, playing ball, playing catch, riding skateboards, or playing AT ALL in the front driveway area. i saw my landlord and i ran to talk to him about this. i mean, this is our home, and you're telling me that my kid can't play outside?!!!! so i asked him if this meant he can't ride his bike at all, or we can't play catch with the football, or what exactly it meant. another mom saw me talking to the landlord and she hustled over to voice her complaints as well. you know what our landlord did? he talked down to her. he told her he wasn't going to listen to this. he told her if she didn't like it, to start packing and get out. he was a complete and total dick to her. if i hadn't witnessed it, i probably wouldn't have believed her if she had told me herself (she's a little wacky). but he walked away from her. he wouldn't even have a conversation with her. OR ME. he refused to talk about it. he told us to "play in the backyard" to which i replied, "I DON'T HAVE A BACKYARD!!!!!" he tried to tell me that having our kids play in the driveway area was like having them play in the middle of a busy street. i countered that bullshit with, "no it's not. it's like having them play in a cul-de-sac." because that's exactly what it's like. watching out for cars and getting out of the way when one drives in. he said we can't allow the kids to do anything. allow it AND GET EVICTED! EVICTED BECAUSE I WANT MY KID TO PLAY??? evicted because my kid is playing with other kids?!?! and apparently, people have complained. who complains because kids are playing? isn't that one of the best parts of summer... hearing kids laughing and playing together?
it just breaks my heart because it kills me daily that i don't have a house for blake to live in. or a neighborhood for him to play in. or a backyard for him to run around with a dog in. you know? and when all these other kids started moving into our complex, it took some of that guilt away. he may not have a "neighborhood" but this was almost as good! kids to play with out front. and they all play together. just like i did as a kid. and now they can't. or we'll get kicked out. and i just don't understand who does that? fine, the devil's advocate in me understands that as a landlord he has a responsibility to all the tenants. and he's responsible for what happens on his property. but there has to be some middle ground here. why do the kids automatically lose all of their rights? why do they get everything taken away from them? i mean, to tell them that they can't even ride their bikes around? i just don't understand how someone can be such an unbelievable dickhead that he refuses to even converse with me about it. how do i explain to blake that he can't play outside anymore? how do i tell him that? *cries*