In third grade I lived in an apartment complex with many children, and boy, some of my favorite memories come from that place, from kick the can at night to doorbell ditching in the day. We sure had some fun, and to tell you honestly, the children of that apartment complex were in hardy shape, we could all run very fast, and we all had loads of fun. =)
This brings me to a memory of a particular apartment house. The man who lived there had grown to legendary status. Why? The man would get so angry, he would chase down the kid, and rumor has it (you know how stories get exaggerated) that he once caught a kid, who was then never heard from again. Upon hearing this story, four of my friends and I decided we would take on the challenge. We would Doorbell Ditch the house of the man. The stage was set. We all waited for the man to get home from work. After he arrived, and we were certain he was about to sit down for a nice home cooked meal, we took our chance. I'm not ashamed to say that we were all a little frightened, yet we giggled and laughed all the same, until we reach his floor. This is when we began shoving each other as a means of avoiding being the one who actually rang the bell, because what if the man was waiting just behind the door? What if he knew we were coming?
Our anxiety grew, and though I can't remember who it was that did the actual knocking of the door, I do remember running like a bat out of hell when the man opened the door, started shouting, and took chase. And oh boy, oh boy, this man could run. Long story short: we all got away, breathlessly finding each other behind the old barn located in a back field. We laughed, we joked, we blew the story up until we too joined the ranks of legendary status. A while later we moved away, but I will never forget all the fun we had living there.
Today however, upon looking at the Internet, I found a story of Doorbell Ditching, that went wrong, and I couldn't help but think: Why? The story ishere. (A girl was assaulted by a man behind the door). It's strange isn't it, how seemingly harmless fun, really just a game of chase, can turn into something malicious. I sometimes think we are robbing our children of childhood. With strict night curfews, how many will ever enjoy a good game of Kick the Can in the dark? Alas, I suppose it is what it is, and as we continuously propagate fear campaigns about this and that, we might be raising a generation of basket cases who will not dare venture out of their houses for fear the sky will fall.
Anyway, let me know what your thoughts are on Doorbell ditching. I think it is just harmless fun, obviously, some people think it is a wicked thing and children should be punished for it. Ugh, what do kids have: Video games?