Monday, June 30, 2008

An ounce of prevention.

Darius had himself a little date this afternoon with a sweet little girl from the neighborhood. They both have been on Mercy Street's Work Crew this summer and she invited him to the movies.

She invited him.

Ok, now, one thing that I've noticed and was confirmed by Mindy the other day is that most of the young ladies in this neighborhood are pretty aggressive when it comes to boys. There's the calling, the texting, and the texting and more texting. Then, they like to come over and see what other numbers are on the boys' phones. Like cats marking their territory.

We had several young pregnancies in the neighborhood already this year and there's a little girl around the corner with a child Sadie's age. He's 4. She's 16. She got pregnant at 11.

So, what's a hoodmama to do?

I knew I'd be giving these kiddos a ride to the movies this afternoon so, this morning I took my kids to the pool and got them really tired and hungry. Then, I fed them just enough lunch to tide them over, but to produce some general crankiness right around 4:30. Coincidence. I also picked up a friend of Graham's who we hadn't seen all summer for some added noise, and screaming and fighting with Kung Fu Panda toys from McDonald's.

Then, I loaded everyone up in my very dirty car, filled with crunched up cheese nips, and old Gatorade bottles, and picked up that precious little girl for her date. We had a twenty minute ride of chaos to the movies.

"Have a great time, ya'll!" Smiling and waving.

The look of horror on her face was priceless.

I know the sight and sound of my family can, for some, be birth control. I just may be learning to use it to my advantage.

23 comments:

MissHannah said...

I love it...

Definitely just for some...it makes me want an exact duplicate.

~s said...

i see you needed to add one of mine to the bunch just for that extra kick. i count it a privilege. it is not as spicy around here right now :(

Daisy Girl said...

That's great! Hope it works!

That just breaks my heart about the 16 year old. I didn't have my first until I was in my late 20s and I still did not feel ready!

Knick Knack Paddy Whack, Throw This Mom a Bone said...

Brilliant.

emily said...

Way to work it sister!!

Kim said...

Way to get creative! Nothing like a little reality!

Michelle said...

oh you are a smart, smart one,MaMelissa!!

Jennifer said...

Way to work those sweet kids of yours to the benefit of the neighborhood!
This is too funny.

Kori said...

Yep! I have decided when Jacob starts dating I am borrowing kids from all my friends to go with them.

Candy said...

You're definitely onto something, Melissa. The latest in birth control methods. Should be taught in the schools, don't ya think?
Love you,
Candy

Jess said...

So smart!!!!

Of course, she may have been thinking, "Thank goodness I am not going to have any white kids!"

Sarah said...

Hilarious!!!

We have always said that we can help stop teen pregnancy. Our children scare many away.....

(Obviously we were not warned by the first two though--we should have observed them a little longer before desiring the 3rd. :-)

Now you can just invite the sweet little girl over to babysit sometime around bedtime, and she will be thoroughly warned!

Colored With Memories said...

Sounds more like a pound of prevention than an ounce! Awesome.

Reminds me of when my hubby was working at a junior high and many of his students had children older than ours. yikes!

Jerry is really enjoying getting to work with Trey on some of the projects in WD. Maybe we can get our families together at some point.

emily said...

Just pirated your post! :)

Hauswife said...

Read this on Em's blog. PRICELESS! You're one sharp cookie, Hoodmama. Very clever and very funny. Way to use your noggin'!

Lori said...

Very tricky indeed!!! Cute post!

Em's friend in the adopt. community! Lori -

Jenn said...

That's fantastic! Great thinking! :)

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

You are a genius. ;)

GWEN OATSVALL said...

love it ... my hubby is a teacher and he has always said he wanted to make the kids in his class come babysit for us ... Our 4 kids seem, appear, and sound like about 6 or more ... lol ... keep up the good work !!!

Jennifer Morgan said...

I laughed so hard. Thank you.
(connected because of Emily :)
Jennifer

happygeek said...

That is the funniest thing ever.
Way to go!

Traci Anne said...

A four-year-old at SIXTEEN!?! Wow.

(Also, I just found your blog and I'm a proud Dallasite! So naturally I love blogs that are related to my fair city!)

Katie said...

OH MY WORD. I just found your blog through Jen's and that was hilarious.