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Edgefield County's Parents of the Year

A Column by the Editor
web posted April 14, 2012

COULMN – On my way home around 5 o'clock Friday afternoon I saw something so unusual it caught my eye, two children's size ATV's parked at one of the gas pumps of the nearby convenience store. I did not see a truck with a trailer down that could be hauling the ATV's anywhere in the parking lot. It was not until I went inside the store that I found the Parents of the Year, they were driving the ATV's, and it gets much better.

Our proud dad had on a Tee-shirt with a photograph of two black males and some sort of saying with "rest in peace" and ended with "my n*****s". He was decked out in full thug regalia and the only thing holding his pants up was that one hand was always on his crotch. Mom, a rather attractive white female, had the family in tow, three very small children ranging in ages of maybe three to seven years.

I became even more curious, two adults and three small children and a gas can full of gas on two tiny ATV's. Surely I had to be mistaken. So I pulled into the parking lot of the business next door to watch to see if this was actually the situation. Mom, Dad with his gas can in hand, and the three small children all gathered around the ATV's as they were fueled and the gas can was filled.

I tried to use my cell phone to notify the Sheriff's Dispatch of the situation, but because of the wonderful cellular service we have in the county, my phone would not connect to a tower.

I watched in stunned disbelief as these wonderful parents loaded the three children onto the ATV's, the gas can, items purchased while inside the store, and pulled out of the parking lot crossing Martintown Road in heavy traffic and went up Briggs Road. The loving family was riding side by side in the roadway as they made their way back home.

I grabbed my camera and tried to capture this on video, but as I entered Briggs Road they pulled towards the side of the road when they heard me coming. I still got a few seconds of video of these wonderful parents, I'm sure there is much more on the surveillance cameras at the store.

No protective gear was used by any of the five, unless you count the gas can being held by one of the children as a possible cushion if they were to crash or get struck by a vehicle.   

I was able to eventually call and report the situation, but it was too late for a deputy to find them.

It was not that long ago that a small child was hit and killed on Briggs Road, a curvy and hilly roadway with more blind spots than Ray Charles in a room full of chairs.

One year ago this month, 8-year-old Carley Pace was struck and killed while riding his bicycle a short distance away from where this loving family started their trek back home. It was a horrible situation because I knew the family and extended family well.

I could not help but keep playing that situation over in my head as I witnessed these parents put their children in such a dangerous situation for miles until they got home.

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