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Weird Neighbors and Zombie Teenagers


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One fine Saturday afternoon, Dot took Birdie out for a an hour’s walk when a middle aged couple were walking at the opposite direction. They waved at her and said  “ Hi, Come here, we want to talk to you”. So Dot walked across the street to meet them and they had a light conversation with her.

“What’s your name?” they asked.

“My name is Dot and this is my dog Birdie”, She replied curtly and shyly while Birdie kept tugging his leash.

“I’m Ben and this my wife Jerry, is it okay if we invite you to sit with us at our front porch?” the Husband asked.

“ Sure thing! “ Dot replied and walked with the couple back to their house.

The couple only lived a few blocks from where I live and it was a short sunny trail towards their humble abode. Dot kept Birdie next to her as she sat on straw chair and the husband was sitting across her while the wife went inside to prepare some refreshments. He started ‘interviewing’ Dot.

“ So, where’re you from?”.

“ The Philippine Islands”.

“ Oh We’re from Washington originally and we love filipino food!”.

“ Oh, Yeah? Which one?”

“ I think its pansh*t and pulabog”.

“ You mean Pansit and Palabok – they’re good!”. Dot giggled a bit and the wife came out and brought a tray of ice cold tea.

“ By the way , Dot, do you know our daughter Lena?”

“ Yes, I know her, we ride the school bus together, isn’t she a Junior this fall?

“ Yes she is. We’d like to ask you something and I hope you wouldn’t mind.”

“ What is it?”. Dot asked while sipping her drink.

“ We’d like if you can hang out with her for awhile, like talking to her and ,you know be friends with her”.

“ I don’t know about that sir because she’s a little older than me”. Dot replied.

“ She’s an okay kid but she doesn’t have friends, We’re worried that she might miss out her chance having friends in highschool”. Jerry exclaimed.

“ Where’s Lena?” Dot asked.

“ She’s at the Animal Shelter, taking care of critters and cats – cleaning their sand box all day”.

“ Oh okay”

“ What do you think, Dot, would you help us then?”.

“I’ll be glad to help you Mr. Ben and Jerry, I’ll tell mom about it and if she says yes- I’ll hang out with Lena!” Dot replied.

After a couple of minutes, Dot said goodbye to Ben and Jerry and walked on the trail towards our house.

When I cam home after picking up some groceries from Walmart, Dot was excited about the ‘grown-ups’ she’d met and also about their daughter named Lena.

Lena. I remember that kid.

She couldn’t even looked straight ahead with her hair all over her face. She’s frail and awkward most of the time – I guess I haven’t met a kid who isn’t.

To be honest – I got worried when Lena’s parents are ‘desperate’ for their kid to have a friend or maybe a boyfriend and I think it wouldn’t hurt Dot if she would.

The next day, Dot walked to Ben and Jerry’s home and Lena was there. Lena seemed pleasant enough to greet her and waved her parents goodbye as they looked on quite happy and contented.

Dot told Lena that they’d go for a walk together and she said she’s fine with that so they did.

It turns out that Lena – after walking farther and farther away from home with Dot – is starting to show her true colors.

Lena didn’t want to have anything to do with Dot – she only want to be left alone and read her gothic romances. Dot was trying to be sociable enough as they went on their stroll but all Lena would answer is one or two syllables if she could.

After an hour of walking, Dot found an excuse to end the awkward situation and walked back home.

 I was in the kitchen fixing dinner and she told me that she’s exhausted.  Dot even concluded that she’s not going to be friends with Lena because she seems to be there at her parent’s behest not because she wanted to have anything to do with Dot at all.

Lena’s parents were attempting a last minute correction with her issues that should be addressed years ago. They’ve protected their daughter so well that she never have the opportunity to be properly socialized.

Perhaps fearing that their daughter that she wouldn’t have a family of her own, they now sought to socialize Lena directly than letting her develop her life by herself

Dot decided not to talk to Lena anymore nor to her parents but she occasionally waves at them hello when they’d be walking across the street. They would smile and wave back and went on their way.

 

 

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I for one think it's sad when parents try to create their own narrative instead of observing and/or communicating, then working from there.  I don't think they're consciously meaning to manipulate the situation.  It just looks like they're unfamiliar with their daughter's culture and are trying to "control" the response.  Everyone is lucky that awkwardness is as far as it got.

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On 7/6/2021 at 10:16 PM, Kilroy Washere said:

I for one think it's sad when parents try to create their own narrative instead of observing and/or communicating, then working from there.  I don't think they're consciously meaning to manipulate the situation.  It just looks like they're unfamiliar with their daughter's culture and are trying to "control" the response.  Everyone is lucky that awkwardness is as far as it got.

@Kilroy WashereIt is depressing, I agree. The media is constantly taking on that 'Stranger Danger' on younger couples that they take it as Gospel truth - Too much coddling, too much of the Helicopter parenting here and there and their kids would grow up - mind my French - to become socially retarded. I said it. I'm not going to apologize. 

I've seen folks driving their kids to the school bus stop which is only a block away from their house for years! The kids could benefit on walking on the street to the bus but the parents, most of them rather, are going to watch their kids like a hawk as they climb up the bus.

Kids and also Teens should understand boundaries that they can't be touched in appropriate places or talk to anyone who they're not acquainted to. Kids here assume that everybody will do something bad to them, like they're hypersensitive or something.

Just the other day, I was walking down the street when I said Hi to a  7 year old girl and a couple of little girls who were playing on someone's front yard. 

One of the them just run straight at me with a pouty face and said " YOU CAN'T SAY HI TO HER! YOU CAN'T SPEAK TO HER EITHER!".

Then the moms who were watching their girls didn't even correct that behavior. They gave me that smile like " oh kids say the silliest things, aren't they angels? ". 

I just walked away, quite startled the most but you can see how disturbing this is. 

Sarah Silverman Idk GIF by reactionseditor

Sarah Silverman is so annoying, I'd see talk her back at the kids with her annoying voice.

" yeeeah well i'm 35 years old and I still pee in bed at night, whatdaya think?". 

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sad, that they realized their mistake too late, and now the girl is set in her ways...

 

and I thought I was sheltered growing up

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On 7/30/2021 at 7:21 AM, SiLvErClAw said:

sad, that they realized their mistake too late, and now the girl is set in her ways...

 

and I thought I was sheltered growing up

Hi Silverclaw!

I think that Mainstream Media got a lot to do with how most people think around here. It would make you believe that everybody is going to rape, kidnap and murder unless they're constantly supervised every second. 

It's safer now that it has ever been but the positive stories wouldn't lead the news. 

Free-ranged kids are happier and better adjusted in my opinion. 

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On 8/2/2021 at 9:31 PM, Nightwriter said:

Hi Silverclaw!

I think that Mainstream Media got a lot to do with how most people think around here. It would make you believe that everybody is going to rape, kidnap and murder unless they're constantly supervised every second. 

It's safer now that it has ever been but the positive stories wouldn't lead the news. 

Free-ranged kids are happier and better adjusted in my opinion. 

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hello, NW

 

yeah, with mainstream media always sensationalizing negatively impacting actions all through out the world, I have to agree

 

but then again, what we can do as people is to teach the kids how to defend themselves, and not lock them in a bubble

 

also we all have to learn when to run or stand our ground

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