What does it take to concern you? Your neighbor was having a birthday party for his teenager, and there were about 25 high school age kids over. Not concerned yet? No problem. They’re being loud enough at 11:00 pm for you to stand on your deck to see if you can find out what they’re doing over there. Not yet? You watch a couple of males carry an unconscious female away from the house. Still no? They drop her. Not yet? They pick her back up again and carry her out of your line of sight, and when you go to the front of the house to see where they are, you can’t find them. No, nothing? Your son wakes you up after midnight because he found a girl vomiting on herself on the sidewalk with her pants down around her knees, he carried her into the house, and now she’s unconscious and puking all over your throw rug. Ok, now we’ve got your attention.

I’m not trying to tell you how to parent, and I don’t want to get in the way of good neighbor relations, but let me give you some advice, one adult to another. There’s a reason the drinking age in this country is 21. High school kids, like yours, and the other 24 at the party, aren’t mature enough to handle the responsibilities of drinking alcohol. Heck, most adults in this country can’t handle it. If it weren’t for alcohol, I’d probably be out of a job. But if you had called us, oh I don’t know, let’s say when the drunk males were unsuccessfully trying to carry the unconscious female, we could have probably avoided the unpleasant aroma that now permeates your house. You didn’t do anyone a favor by allowing the kids to have a little fun. And by the way, I understand you just got out of bed, but would it hurt to put a shirt on?

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