I live on the South Hill. I have two granddaughters in one of the public schools here. I have just moved here from Overseas, so many people would not recognize me.
My youngest grandchild is very independent and likes the outdoors. Many times when I go to pick her up, she will refuse the ride so she can walk. I follow along, looking out for her. Two times, after I spoke to her from my vehicle and she refused my ride and continued walking, two different fathers (there to pick up their kids) stopped her and asked if she knew me/was I bothering her. Of course, she told them I was her grandfather and all was well.
I do want to express to those two men my heartfelt thanks for their thoughtful acts. It gave me a sense of comfort and security knowing that people were watching my grandkids as well as their own kids, and were ready to act in their defense. And, it made me resolute to act in the same manner if I thought I saw something suspicious. We live in a good neighborhood, and it only gets better when we help each other.
William R. Smith
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