I went over to pay some attention to a friend’s cat. Make sure he had food and water, pet him, see that he’s not lonely. So I’m sitting there petting the cat, and the cat gets off of the couch and goes to the open door. He’d heard a noise outside. Now, I know this is an indoor/outdoor cat, but I’m a bit leary of letting him outside while my friend is away; so I went to keep an eye on him.
There are two little girls that live next to my friend’s house. One day when I was checking up on the cat, their mom was on the porch and I introduced myself. She said that she just wanted to make sure her kids didn’t come over and play the Welcome Wagon. Tonight I guess their mom was inside. They came to the edge of the driveway (friend’s car was between us) and said hello. They gave me their names and ages (ten and three), and tried to engage me inconversation. The ten-year-old seemed a little young for her age, based on what she was saying. But I haven’t made the acquaintance of many children, so maybe that’s normal.
But in any case, this freaked me out. I’m from San Diego and L.A. I’m not used to children just starting to talk to strangers. It’s just not done. Maybe it’s different here in rural Washington, but in L.A. it’s dangerous.