The other day I watched as a mother and three children strolled down the sidewalk, coming home either from school or day care or both. One child was in a wagon the mother pulled, the other two ran loose. At the foot of my neighbours lawn they stopped. The two children on foot proceeded to gather handfuls of grape hyacinth from my neighbours yard and present them to their mother who stood looking on with a beaming smile as her children vandalised someone else's property.
This bothers me.
Is it just me or are parents not teaching their children respect for other people's property these days?
Am I over reacting to the situation?
Does it matter?
Do today's young adults have such a sense of entitlement they feel everything should be theirs and it's all right to take what they want?
What's next? If they want your car or your house will they just help themselves to that as well?
Really...is it just me?
If I had pulled a stunt like that when I was a youngster my arse end would have been burning for a week.