I was at one of those joints today where they have the inflatable "bouncy houses." It was my first time there, and it was pretty nice, not too expensive. But any time you take your kids to a place like that you run the risk of having to deal with OPC. You know, Other People's Children. Now, in this case it was one of those boys who runs around trying to get all of the kids to play with him and do what he wanted to do. At some point there was an issue with some small inflatable balls, and he figured he should have one no matter what. On no less than five occasions I watched him try to take balls from other kids. I was proud when my 7-year-old shoved him away and said "Get lost!" At any rate, someone must have complained because out comes the proprietor. And you know what she did? She confiscated all of the balls. She said "I can't have all of these kids fighting over the balls!"
Now, maybe you say, "Ken, you are reading too much into this, it's just kids." But I can't help but wonder if this isn't another example of the decay of our society. What should have happened is the proprietor should have gone to that kid's mom and said "Get control of your son, or he'll be asked to leave." It seems to me that holding parents accountable for the behavior of their children is fairly important to our society's foundation.
Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?