Friday, 4 April 2014

A blind eye...

The girls are running towards the other side of the field; the climbing frame, swing set and zip slide. The sun's out and I'm enjoying the dawdle. Their confidence soars with each step they take further away from me.

Of course they are safe. Or so I think. For when I catch up, I realise that both of them are examining their hands.

As soon as I see it, I smell it, and immediately it's apparent that some poor soul has not only trodden in dog foul, but has trodden it up the ladder of the climbing frame too, leaving a great wodge of it on the third step.



Oh what? A children's play park is meant to be a place of such innocence. What a load of... well, crap.

All three of us are somewhat bewildered as we cross back over the field. Me, a woman possessed, holding them tightly by the wrists and each at arms length.

Of course I don't have my bag with me. No wipes. What to do? 

I walk into a nearby cul-de-sac and at the very first house I come to, find a woman dusting her front room visible through the window.

My initial thought; 'Do people really dust on a day like today?' is quickly followed by, 'I'm going to have to wear a look that says, please come to your door and talk to me; a maniac mother with shitty daughters.'

Amazingly, she opens her door. Amazingly, she doesn't shut it again. Amazingly, she joins us on her front lawn with wipes galore. And then, even more amazingly, she cleans Esme's hands as I wipe Sofia's.

FOOTNOTE
I love where we live. I think I'd go as far as to say, I even love that woman. Oh but how I detest people that conveniently turn a blind eye when their dogs shit everywhere.

15 comments:

Karen Reekie said...

I hate it. We have a lady who lets her dog crap in people's drives and gardens, and on the shared green space in our street. I took photos and dobbed her into the council. She got fined. I feel no guilt.
I'm so glad you found a nice neighbour to help! Popped over from Ranty Friday.

Emma said...

what a kind soul you found.

Emma Oliver said...

Thanks for commenting Karen - you really made me smile saying you feel no guilt. Good for you!

Emma Oliver said...

Too right. Thank you for visiting LIFE AS IT IS

Emily Foran said...

Heartwarming to hear this had a happy ending - I don't think there's anything much more disgusting! x

Emma Oliver said...

It's all gone to the dogs!

Steph Curtis said...

Your post jumped out at me from #PoCoLo :) glad to hear you live in such a nice neighbourhood with helpful people (shame about the dogs though ;))

Emma Oliver said...

Too true, too true! And thanks for commenting Steph.

Wicked World of Lucas said...

As a dog owner I hate it too. It gives all dog owners a bad name. It's not the dog's fault that their owner are lazy and inconsiderate, and if the dog hasn't been looked after properly, i.e. had all its vaccinations, it can spread diseases. What a lovely neighbourhood you live in though :) #PoCoLo

KidGLloves said...

Ash the Dog says - I was really sad to hear this. Mum and Dad ALWAYS make sure they pick up after me. Glad you got your girls sorted. Sending woofingly mega doggie high-5's to you all x #PoCoLo

Emma Oliver said...

There are so many families around here that have dogs for a pet, and they are all brilliant at looking after the crap that comes with having a dog! It just takes one not to bother though doesn't it... shame a few have to spoil it for all. Thanks for your comment. #PoCoLo

Emma Oliver said...

I love your comment Ash the dog. You have made me smile! You clearly have respectable parents! x

Victoria Welton said...

What a lovely, lovely lady. What idiots those people are that left the dog poo behind!! There are signs on our pavements here that sign you could get fined up to £1000 if you don't pick up after your dog and thankfully I always see people clearing up. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo xx

Emma Oliver said...

Lovely lovely lady Vicky. x

SarahMummy said...

So horrible that people don't clean up after their dogs, but what a lovely lady!