I got an e-mail yesterday from a couple who wanted me to help spread the word that a certain RV resort in Florida is discriminating against them. They had CC’d several other RV publications and RV clubs with the same letter.
According to their letter, the RV resort in question refuses to allow them or their two children, ages 8 and 11, to stay on the lot they purchased and paid in full for, because it is an age 55+ resort.
They acknowledge that the husband is 39 years old and his wife is 34, and they go so far as to admit that they stated when they submitted the paperwork for their lot that they said the husband was 55, and that the purchase contract they signed stated that no children could stay on the property for more than 72 hours. But their position is that the resort did not ask for proof of the husband’s age, and now that they own the lot, nobody can tell them they cannot have their children on it at any time, for as long as they want to.
They say that their children are well behaved, home schooled, and a joy to be around. Yeah, maybe. Or they could be total hellions, and Mommy and Daddy are too dense to know it. Judging from their letter, I suspect the latter.
I’m sorry, but they won’t have my support. They sound like the typical “it’s all about me and to hell with you” type of jerks I try to avoid at all costs. They bought the lot under false pretenses, and now they want to impose their children on a community of people who specifically bought into an age restricted resort because they do not want to be around kids on a full time bases.
Don’t get me wrong, I like kids, if they are well behaved and if they are where they belong. Heck, I’m pretty childish myself a lot of the time, just ask Miss Terry! But they do not belong in an age restricted resort. End of story. These people get no sympathy from me.
I’m always amazed at how many adults allow kids to run wild, and seem completely oblivious to their bad behavior. Yesterday we stopped for dinner at a restaurant, and there was a boy of about five years old that was misbehaving, and the two women with him, who looked like they were probably his grandmother and great grandmother, watched him throw things around, run around the restaurant, hold the button down on the self-serve soda dispenser with no cup under it, and generally make a nuisance of himself. Their only response was to say “Please stop that” over and over like an unending loop recording.
Another couple were with two little boys who were even louder and more obnoxious, and they too seemed to be in La La Land because they never said a word to correct their behavior. In both cases, the adults were very well dressed and groomed, and looked like they were probably pretty well off.
In the same restaurant was a family with three children who were obviously not as fortunate financially. But those three kids were perfectly well behaved, exhibited good table manners, and were a joy to be around. After we finished our meal, as we were leaving, I made it a point to stop by their table and compliment the parents on their children’s good behavior.
I made it a point of telling them that I appreciate it, and wished other people had as much control over their kids loudly enough for the people with the brats at the other tables to hear. Of course, some people are too dense to get the message, so I’m sure it fell on deaf ears.
Once, when I told the parents of some exceptionally rude children that I did not appreciate them allowing their kids to ruin my dining experience, my dinner companion was embarrassed, and told me that I was being rude. No, they were being rude. I paid good money for my meal, and I deserve to eat in peace, not to have my meal ruined by out of control rugrats.
Once a woman told me that her out of control child could not help it, because he had ADD. Give me a break! That’s the new excuse for “I’m too lazy to be a good parent and teach my children manners.” When I was a kid, we didn’t have ADD, because my Dad had a BELT. The next time I get that response, I’m going to replay that “yes, he (or she) does have ADD, because they are Absolutely Devoid of Discipline.”
Thought For The Day – Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.