Remember playing? Back in the day, my friends and I would go outside to play. Our parents told us, “Be home in time for dinner”. And off we went. They didn’t know where we were or what we were doing. We had no cell phones to call if there was a problem. We just PLAYED. Mind you, when I was younger, lawn darts was a kids’ toy. Natural selection?
Kids these days are seriously missing out. Oh sure, Guitar Hero is oodles of fun. Hey, I LIKE the Wii. I really want one. Hello, hubby? But just going out into the great outdoors, soaking up that sunshine, and breathing in all that fresh air (not so much in the city but you know what I mean) is priceless. It’s healthy. It makes you appreciate nature. It makes you a kid.
So what happened? Are we more violent? Or do we just hear about it more and quicker? Are there really more pedophiles now? Or are we just paranoid? I don’t know.
It sucks. I want to teach my child independence. But, that may be hard if I coop him up indoors all the time. At the same time, I don’t think going out should involve a security detail.
My husband keeps hinting that we should move out of the city to go where he grew up (i.e. small town). That’s fine and dandy. But, I’m not a farmer. I don’t drive . What the heck would I do? Blog? Mmmmm…..
Plus, I kind of like my anonymity. I don’t want to be in a place where everybody knows one another. Does that make me anti-social? Or private?
There are advantages to living in a small town. There are advantages to living in the city. Maybe I can win the lottery. He’ll go to school in the city and spend the summers in the country. It’s a plan!