A few days after we came home from the hospital with Colter, my husband and our older son, Conley, went to our neighbor's barn to feed the cows and horses. Conley generally leaves his four-wheeler, a little 50 we bought at Cox Implement, at the barn so he can ride when he goes to the barn with his dad. On this particular night when they got there, they could not find the four-wheeler.
As we had not looked for the four-wheeler since before we went into the hospital, we assumed someone had just moved it. We soon learned, though, that this was not the case. Our neighbor remembered seeing it there on Tuesday, and a friend who had come to the barn on Thursday said he noticed it was not there then. We had to face the truth, someone had stolen it.
I don't know that my four-year-old really realizes what happened. He just knows his four-wheeler is gone. As he sat across the table from me a few days later he looked up at me with sad eyes and said, "Mom, I really want my vroom vroom back." I have never really understood how someone could steal somebody else's possessions, but I really cannot understand stealing from a child.
We reported it stolen, but know the chances of recovering it are slim to none. As adults, we know the realities of life and that people break laws and do bad things, but it is a shame that children have to learn this life lesson, as well.
I know that Conley’s wound is nothing compared to what many other children go through, but the experience did give me insight into how deeply children can be affected by the actions of adults.
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