Today, I have to post something completely off topic.
I live in a pretty small town, Hillview, KY. It’s about 20 miles south of Louisville. I am no longer proud to be a citizen of Hillview. Slowly, but surely, my small town is going downhill. It started off with occasional break-ins that you would hear about from the neighbors, but now, it’s constant. It started out with seeing people smoke pot on the corner to a heroin epidemic that now requires our EMS to carry Naloxone, the drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose. It started with kids having a fight here or there to now having a fucking fight club at the local elementary school. Government officials are being investigated by the FBI for helping other government officials move a fucking meth lab! I do realize these things are EVERYWHERE, no matter where you go, but, it’s just one of those things that you think is never going to happen to you or your town, until it does.
I LOVED growing up in Hillview. I could not wait to start my family in Hillview. And now, I can’t wait to get out of Hillview. Whenever I saw the fight club thing on Facebook, I was completely mortified. This is apparently a new thing. Dozens of kids were beating the shit out of each other for no reason at all. I mean throwing punches as hard as they could and knocking each other out and making them bleed. I do not understand this? What in God’s name makes a child want to be a part of this? Where in the hell are these kid’s parents? That is the most important question, where in the hell are these kid’s parents? What do they go home and tell them whenever they come home all bloody and skin ripped open? Do they actually believe what they have to say? There are just so many unanswered questions.
All of these thoughts start running through my mind and it makes me so sad for the world that Raelynn is going to grow up in. I understand that fights, and drugs, and peer pressure have always been around, but bullying is now another issue. A HUGE issue in today’s world because you can do it from your phone, which means you can be a coward. I cannot even begin to comprehend what I will do when I find out Raelynn was getting bullied. Or, if she is the person doing the bullying.
Even though it appears these fight clubs are voluntary, I feel like it’s one of those things where you are “cool” if you do it. Like, smoking a cigarette to impress someone. You think you are “cool” if you do it. NO. WRONG. Like, I just want to shake the kids and ask them what the hell is wrong with them? Why do you think this is cool?
I pray to God that I raise Raelynn and my future kids with enough direction to make their own choices, but also the right choices. I’m not oblivious to the fact that they are going to try things that I don’t agree with. It’s unfortunately a fact of life. It’s a sad world we live in. It makes me want to put Raelynn in a bubble and never leave the house.Sometimes, I really wish that was an option.
–The Kentucky Momma