This afternoon I was working at our dining room table with the wood door open for light. The doorbell rang. Two teenagers that I didn't know were standing there. The boy asked to use our phone. I asked what was going on, and he said some guys were trying to jump him. He wanted to call his mom. I couldn't find the landline, so I gave him my cell. He called from outside, and I told them to wait for her on the porch. Habib said to ask them in, so I did, and they seemed glad to come inside. I think the girl was his girlfriend- they were standing huddled together. I tried to talk to them a bit. I told them they'd done the right thing to knock on our door and that there was always someone around. She was friendly, but he didn't really hear me. After a while they went back outside, worried that his dad wouldn't see them. Leila and Ali wanted to watch them, so we hung around at the door. Finally his dad came. The girl called a "thank you" but the boy still didn't say anything. They drove away.
There's lots of gang activity at this nearby high school, I guess. They go to the junior high next to it, and I'm sure there is a lot there as well. It's a little frightening. But I'm glad we were around to help.