I know…try to contain yourselves…TWO posts in ONE day? Surely this is a sign of the apocalypse.
When my friend Kathy, mom of 3 boys and 1 sweet girl, posted this link on Facebook, I had to scoot over here to my blog and write about it.
It seems that an overzealous police officer in Piedmont, Oklahoma, has fined the mother of a 3-year-old boy $2500 because he peed in their own front yard. Yup, that’s a public urination ticket.
Can you even believe that?
As Kathy commented, she’d owe millions if her boys were caught (they live on a farm, so hopefully, she’s safe from a drive-by ticket). Um, so would we. But we live smack in the middle of suburbia.
Let me illustrate this for you with a couple of scenarios:
*Luke. 3 years old. Labor Day weekend. Stands on sidewalk, pees on tree in our yard a few feet away.
*Luke and Bennett, ages 4 1/2 and 2 respectively. Their mother, large and pregnant, spends many a summer afternoon out in the backyard with them, playing in their little pool (trust me, on the hottest of days, I even got in there with them). To avoid having to haul my giant self up out of my chair, dry them off, and get them through the house without getting everything wet when they had to pee, I designated a corner of the house that was pretty out-of-sight (save one neighbor) for peeing. Matt didn’t even know this until we moved 2.5 years ago.
*Jack Henry, being potty-trained at this house, age almost 3. We had a huge hedge of burning bush at the corner of our lot at the time, and it shielded our yard from the cul-de-sac. Perfect outside peeing place for little boys.
Currently, there is no good place to pee outside at this house that provides some cover…Bennett is super-modest, so I really don’t think he’s going outside, Luke is WAAAY old enough to know better, and Jack Henry is never outside on his own. So as far as I know, this isn’t happening here.
Nonetheless, I’m going to tell them about this story to make sure they make it inside every time nature calls.