This afternoon while driving home a group of boys were playing soccer. They were playing soccer in the street. No big deal?
Well, it’s not the perfect street to play soccer in if you don’t want to be hit. And, these boys are always in this street at the exact same spot every day refusing to move. There were five cars sitting and waiting for these jokers to decide when they were good and ready to get out of the street.
It drives me insane.
Where are the police? It is really unsafe. It is not a big secret that these kids are always in the middle of the street at this particular spot refusing to move until they feel like it. It is an on going problem. Why aren’t the police driving through there on a regular basis telling them to get lost. Why aren’t the kids being hauled into police headquarters for potentially causing an accident which may hurt them or the people in the cars? Why aren’t the kids parents responsible for them?
Kids in the quartiers do what the want. They are untouchable. It’s not right.
One of these days someone is just going to run right over one of these kids. Is that when the police will come? Is that when their parents will care?
My husband tells me I don’t understand how it is in France with the socialist. There is no way to do anything because the kids are under 18. The parents can’t be charged fines on behalf of their children who they are responsible for. Why? Because they are on social welfare. They have no money.
On the flip side…as we are driving around this particular quartier (it is on our way home) I can see that there is not enough light at night. It makes me mad because the same socialists that let the kids get away with this crap are the ones that don’t make sure proper lighting is installed. I had told my husband that there aren’t enough lights in this quartier and that someone was going to get mugged. It was just too obvious. Well, a few someones did. Still no lights. It is ridiculous that more money isn’t put into these quartiers to make them look normal. The colors of the towers are strange pinks and black and white…all depressing and abnormal. Why not paint the towers a normal color and upkeep the playgrounds there as well. Why does one part of Strasbourg have more lighting and the playgrounds are upkept when in another part there are hardly any lights at night and the playgrounds are not upkept? Hmmm. Funny how this socialist thing works.
So, I see two problems. The kids need to have limits and their parents must be held accountable for the actions of their children. However, these kids deserve the same safe and clean environment as the kids in l’Orangerie or Robertsau. Actually, they need more help getting a strong start in making a future for themselves. All the odds are against them. So, why shouldn’t they play soccer in the middle of the street and make all the others wait. Aren’t these kids going to be shoved to the back for the rest of their lives?
Maybe, this is their way to show power. How far are they going to take it?
One of the first things I noticed shortly after moving to France:
Where are the minorities in politics, tv, music…etc.?
I love France. I love living here. I want to raise my kids in France.
Before anyone gets angry with me about my saying these things keep in mind I am saying them because I want to understand.
Believe me I know America is not perfect either. But, I don’t live there now and as an expat my vote really doesn’t even count.
I want to be French so that I can help shape my future and the future of my children through my vote. I want to have a say in what happens in the country I live in.
Tonight, I was upset first at the kids. After I cooled off and thought about it I then got angry with the system.
I understand France is a socialist state in many ways. I just don’t understand why it seems that the quartiers are thrown bones to keep them tame while the rest eat cake.
I feel France is at a turning point. I am afraid and excited at the same moment.
Maybe, nothing will happen?
Who knows I may even see this whole thing in a different light next week. I am learning about France every day I live here.