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Schoolchildren Used Their Wall as a Playground, But When They Added Thorny Plants, It Became an Instant Neighborhood Sensation.

In a neighborhood bustling with schoolchildren, the Original Poster (OP) and his girlfriend construct a retaining brick wall. As children turn their new wall into a playground, the couple grapples with the ethical quandary of safeguarding their wall with prickly bushes. Their visit to Home Depot only deepens the dilemma, forcing them to confront the intersection of community, safety, and aesthetics.

Proximity to Youth

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OP lives near an elementary school, which ensures a consistent flow of children passing by the house daily. These children bring energy, excitement, and sometimes a little chaos to the street, which occasionally spills over onto neighbor’s properties.

The Daily Parade

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Each day, like clockwork, the small parade of children loudly moves past OP’s house on their walk home. They chat, laugh, and interact with their surroundings, adding life and vibrancy to the neighborhood.

Constructing the Wall

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OP and his girlfriend, in a joint effort, built a brick retaining wall bordering the sidewalk to mark a clear separation of their property and add height to their hydrangea border. This wall, standing three feet tall, quickly became a point of interest for the passing children.

The Brick Adventure

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Kids, being curious and playful, naturally began to walk and climb on the newly constructed wall. It transformed from a mere boundary into an adventure, a balance beam for young explorers.

A Floral Vision

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Initially, OP and his girlfriend envisioned the top of the wall adorned with blooming flowers. Behind it, they had further plans for their front yard garden oasis. They imagined a cascade of colors greeting both the children and anyone passing by.

Curb Appeal

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The couple envisioned ordering a truckload of mulch and planting flowering ornamental trees and a variety of shrubs to complement the botanical display. While the thought was aesthetically pleasing, there remained some challenges.

Anticipating Damage

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Observing the children’s daily interactions with the wall made the couple reconsider their original plan. The constant traffic could, in time, harm the delicate flowering bushes they had in mind.

Safety Concerns

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Beyond just the potential destruction of plants, there was a bigger worry that the wall would become a liability. What if a child fell off and injured themselves? Would they be held liable by the parents for medical bills?

A Trip to Home Depot

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While visiting Home Depot with intentions to purchase flowers, OP and his girlfriend came across a fascinating discovery. Among the array of plants, they found unique bushes that carried a certain prickliness.

An Idea Emerges

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Inspired by the spiky nature of these bushes, an idea took root in OP’s mind. Could these plants serve as a gentle deterrent, discouraging kids from climbing and playing on the wall? The bushes were not only visually appealing but also had a protective quality.

The Dilemma

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While the bushes’ slightly pokey nature could keep the children at bay without causing real harm, this solution raised a question. Would OP be taking a step too far by intentionally planting these bushes?

Balancing Act

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OP weighed the potential benefits: protecting the wall, preserving plants, and possibly enhancing safety. Against this stood the moral quandary of whether it was right to plant something potentially off-putting.

Considering the Kids

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OP realized that any decision made would directly affect the children. Their safety, enjoyment, and experiences were paramount in the decision-making process. Caught between the desire to protect their property and the ethical questions it posed, OP remained in contemplation.

The Path Ahead

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While the final decision remained uncertain, one thing was clear: OP wanted to make a choice that considered everyone’s well-being. Whatever they decided, they hoped it would be in harmony with the vibrant community around them.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posted his story online in the hope of gaining clarity on whether this approach was justifiable. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “Walls, ledges, curbs – any raised ground like that is a little kid climbing magnet. Add in the fact that you live next to an elementary school. You might as well be the witch from Hansel and Gretel with a candy house.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “I always tell my kids they can’t walk in people’s yards, but they often forget and are lost in their own little world of adventure when something attractive like a wall comes along.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “I fully support OP’s efforts to become the wicked witch of the school district. If the thorns don’t work, perhaps a nice moat? Best wishes!”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “You could always use it to grow some fruit bushes. I would suggest gooseberries- some varieties have nice evil half-inch thorns!”

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