A Summer in the Suburbs.
--by kristinekberg7, posted Jan 17, 2023
The three older sons were all involved in crime as a career. Drugs, sale of stolen items, etc. The youngest who was about 10 years old was destined for the same. Many of the patrol officers knew the mom and in turn she knew them, some by first name as was the case with my Dad.
She was always very cooperative when being questioned about her sons’ whereabouts. On one visit, my Dad struck up a conversation. During their talk she expressed her concern in regards to her youngest boy. She felt powerless in guiding him to the straight and narrow. The environment would not allow it.
My Dad agreed. He offered the only solution he could think of on the spot. He asked the concerned Mother if she would allow her “baby” to escape the inner city and spend the summer in the suburbs at our house.
My Dad had three sons and a daughter (me). They discussed the plan and decided that it would be beneficial for her boy to see another side of family life of which he had never been exposed to. So it was done.
We had a new member to our family for the summer. Although we must have seemed very unfamiliar to him he had no trouble fitting in. He went to the beach with us. He enjoyed the pool in the back yard and he made many friends.
The whole neighborhood welcomed him and he loved the attention. At the end of summer things wound down and he returned to his Mother. I inquired about him several years later.
My Dad told me that after he had gotten into some minor trouble with the law he had decided to go to night school for accounting. He eventually landed an office job and as far as my Dad knew, he was the only son in that family who did not become a career criminal.