Yesterday I found out from my neighbor that a convicted sexual offender had moved in just up the road. He was convicted of sexual assault on a 13 year old girl.
He happens to live very close to where my 6th grader catches the bus in the morning.
Of course it sent chills down my spine and the proximity freaked me out.
Once I had taken a deep breath I realized a couple of things:
Suburbia is like any other place, you find all kinds of people here living side by side.
In the city we were probably surrounded by convicted criminals and we just didn't know about it.
At least here, I know that we live in a community where we look out for each other, especially our kids. I can't tell you how quickly my friend's email went viral around our neighborhood.
So this man is living down the street, close to potential targets but he is surrounded by vigilant, caring parents who will now be even more vigilant.
One last thought, people who are considering a move to the burbs because it's safer, should really think that through. It just like everywhere else.