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2012-09-12 07:30:06 AM
note to NYC parents and parents everywhere,

kid your lazy kids out the house and make them play.
its free.
 
2012-09-12 07:32:42 AM
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2012-09-12 07:34:18 AM

Freakin Rican: note to NYC parents and parents everywhere,

kid your lazy kids out the house and make them play.
its free.


"KICK"
 
2012-09-12 07:36:50 AM

Freakin Rican: note to NYC parents and parents everywhere,

kid your lazy kids out the house and make them play.
its free.


Yeah that's this woman's point. (Well kind of.).
 
2012-09-12 07:42:49 AM
The culture of fear has been well established. I'm glad this lady is trying to put a dent in it. Good on her.
 
2012-09-12 07:48:21 AM
Letting your kids toilet-train themselves is a good idea, too.
 
2012-09-12 07:49:42 AM
I see no real reason why this woman should exist.
 
2012-09-12 07:50:32 AM
Since then, she's organized one day each year when parents are instructed to take their children to the park and leave them there.

Ah, yes, International Kittens and Free Candy Day. Just come over to my van and I'll hook you up.
 
2012-09-12 07:50:48 AM
FTA: "Skenazy said that she's had no takers for her new after school program yet..."

Hard to believe no one is stupid enough to pay you $350 to sit at a coffee shop, you farking dingbat.
 
2012-09-12 07:51:50 AM
"A lot of people say, 'I loved playing outside as a kid, those were my happiest times, but I can't let my kid because times have changed.' I say, well, times have changed. Crime is lower."

Indeed... Yet, paranoia is higher for some reason...

I applaud what this woman is trying to do... But, I do kind of question the silly $350 charge for basically doing nothing and letting kids be kids...

"And New York City is used to paying money for things so that's the money thing," she added.

Yeah... Sounds like bullshiat to me... If she owned the area where they were playing or something, the charge might make sense... But, where does she get off charging kids to play in a public park? What exactly is she doing for that money? Oh, wait:

Skenazy said that she's had no takers for her new after school program yet, but if any children ages 8 through 18 were to sign up, she would sit at a coffee shop a block or so away from the park with a cell phone, in case of emergency.

Well, ok then... She'll really earn that $350 per kid then!
 
2012-09-12 07:52:11 AM
Howsabout she goes and gets farked. Is that ok with everybody?
 
2012-09-12 07:52:39 AM
Anti-snowflake movement?

I'm all-in. ALL IN! As a kid I just informed my parents where I would be and that was that. They didnt "supervise" me at the playground.
 
2012-09-12 07:53:28 AM

T.M.S.: I see no real reason why this woman should exist.

is not in the kitchen where she belongs
 
2012-09-12 07:54:20 AM
All the grammar nazis on Fark usually biatch about things I don't care about, and THIS one bugs me, yet hasn't been slammed by eight people yet? This place is going to hell.
 
2012-09-12 07:55:19 AM
"There's the confidence, the focus, and the joy. Versus diabetes and obesity."

It's too bad that those are the only two possible outcomes.
 
2012-09-12 07:57:59 AM

Pangit: Anti-snowflake movement?

I'm all-in. ALL IN! As a kid I just informed my parents where I would be and that was that. They didnt "supervise" me at the playground.


Hell, when I was a kid I didn't even do that.
Parents, "Where are you going?"
Me,"Out for bike ride."
Parents,"Be back by six for dinner."

For the folks in this thread that are questioning why she is charging for this, please re-calibrate your snark meter.
 
2012-09-12 07:58:37 AM
Skenazy said that she's had no takers for her new after school program yet, but if any children ages 8 through 18 were to sign up, she would sit at a coffee shop a block or so away from the park with a cell phone, in case of emergency.

"Oh, no! Molly just flipped off her skateboard, and her head is twisted funny! Wait until the light changes, then run a New York City block and tell that woman with a cell phone what happened!"
 
2012-09-12 08:07:51 AM
when i was a kid (late-80s, early 90s) i would jump on my bike and just go wherever i wanted, sometimes winding up several miles from my parents house. most of the time, my parents had no idea where i was. i just had to make it back home for dinner. i had total freedom and the concept of "supervised play" was completely foreign to me. and all my friends were the same way. we never had parents keeping an eye on us, we just went outside and disappeared for hours at a time.

i wish kids today had that same sense of freedom.
 
2012-09-12 08:11:25 AM
I send my kids out to play. Mama hates it. I have qualms because they are both girls, but in some ways that makes it even more imperative they learn now how to get by "out there" without us being nearby.
 
2012-09-12 08:12:04 AM

MindStalker: There are kids outside, but they are all hooligans, some probably homeless. I've love to have my kids play outside, but I'm not sending them outside to get beat up.


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2012-09-12 08:17:31 AM

enderthexenocide: when i was a kid (late-80s, early 90s) i would jump on my bike and just go wherever i wanted, sometimes winding up several miles from my parents house. most of the time, my parents had no idea where i was. i just had to make it back home for dinner. i had total freedom and the concept of "supervised play" was completely foreign to me. and all my friends were the same way. we never had parents keeping an eye on us, we just went outside and disappeared for hours at a time.

i wish kids today had that same sense of freedom.


Which part of NYC did you grow up in?
 
2012-09-12 08:19:40 AM

gregory311: MindStalker: There are kids outside, but they are all hooligans, some probably homeless. I've love to have my kids play outside, but I'm not sending them outside to get beat up.

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Actually yes, serious, I have sent my kid outside to play several times but eventually stopped forcing him to go outside as he always comes back crying.
 
2012-09-12 08:20:12 AM
Last Child in the Woods is a good read, if you're interested in this kind of thing.

My wife is also one who keeps the doors locked all day and the kids inside.

I encourage them to roam free. Sometimes at a big park near our house, it is unsettling when you don't see them for several minutes (yes, only a few minutes). I don't know why we've trained ourselves as a society to think we must be in constant contact.

It is sad that kids don't walk or ride bikes to the grocery store to buy baseball cards or candy any more.
 
2012-09-12 08:21:08 AM
FTA "I don't think I'm a crazy mom"

Crazy moms never do...
 
2012-09-12 08:23:10 AM

markfara: Skenazy said that she's had no takers for her new after school program yet, but if any children ages 8 through 18 were to sign up, she would sit at a coffee shop a block or so away from the park with a cell phone, in case of emergency.

"Oh, no! Molly just flipped off her skateboard, and her head is twisted funny! Wait until the light changes, then run a New York City block and tell that woman with a cell phone what happened!"


See....that's kinda the point. Think back to when you were a kid. Was there always an adult within sight? Probably not. Did gets end up with bendy-wendy bits? Sometimes...but actually pretty rarely. When it _did_ happen, what was the first thing that happened? Some _other_ kid went and got the nearest adult.

I've got two kids, 9 and 7, and am only just now starting to get over my fear of letting them play somewhere else. It's hard, I know it is. But I have to keep reminding myself that actually, no, the world isn't a horrible, awful place that will eat my children. Kids are pretty smart, and get smarter if you tell them what to watch out for. Then they'll take care of things themselves.

This lady's pulling a great troll, and I hope she gets a few suckers to pay her the money for what is essentially free.
 
2012-09-12 08:23:29 AM

gregory311: FTA: "Skenazy said that she's had no takers for her new after school program yet..."

Hard to believe no one is stupid enough to pay you $350 to sit at a coffee shop, you farking dingbat.


TBH, I don't think she's actually looking to mak money. More likely, the $350 price tag is meant to get some publicity and maybe get people thinking.
 
2012-09-12 08:24:51 AM
Must be just new York kids. I've never experienced that nor are my kids. The problem is getting them back in the house.
 
2012-09-12 08:26:11 AM

enderthexenocide: when i was a kid (late-80s, early 90s) i would jump on my bike and just go wherever i wanted, sometimes winding up several miles from my parents house. most of the time, my parents had no idea where i was. i just had to make it back home for dinner. i had total freedom and the concept of "supervised play" was completely foreign to me. and all my friends were the same way. we never had parents keeping an eye on us, we just went outside and disappeared for hours at a time.

i wish kids today had that same sense of freedom.


We used to do the same thing; granted, I grew up in a quiet suburb, not a big city.

It was great leaving on my bike at 8 am and not getting home until dinner everynight. My parents never had any idea where we were, just "around town". I'm hoping my future kids are able to enjoy the same freedom (without me having to pay some chick $350, of course).
 
2012-09-12 08:26:41 AM
The problem here isn't the "unsupervised" part - it's that kids spend too much damn time inside on their asses. Throw your kids outside and keep an eye on them if you are worried. Make arrangements with other trusted adults to make sure all the kids get outside.

I don't think my kid is a precious snowflake, but I wouldn't let him wander around alone in NYC when he was 9 or 10. That's just me.
 
2012-09-12 08:33:56 AM
Lol at everyone who doesn't get the woman's point.

She's not expecting anyone to actually take her up on it. She just wants parents to learn that it's okay to let your kids have freedom. This country is WAY safer now than even when I was a kid. And now, kids can have cell phones and stuff. I used to be gone all day with no contact with my parents, at least until I got hungry.
 
2012-09-12 08:50:07 AM

gregory311: FTA: "Skenazy said that she's had no takers for her new after school program yet..."

Hard to believe no one is stupid enough to pay you $350 to sit at a coffee shop, you farking dingbat.


Did you read any of the comments on Yahoo? That is in NYC, there are a lot of stupid people. Some of them probably are dumb enough to pay her for nothing but I doubt she expects to get rich off of them. It seems more likely that reverse physiology is what she is going for, most New Yorkers will eat a shait sandwich if they think they are getting over on some one.
 
2012-09-12 08:59:52 AM

babysealclubber: Lol at everyone who doesn't get the woman's point.

She's not expecting anyone to actually take her up on it. She just wants parents to learn that it's okay to let your kids have freedom. This country is WAY safer now than even when I was a kid. And now, kids can have cell phones and stuff. I used to be gone all day with no contact with my parents, at least until I got hungry.


soooo.. let me get this straight...

Kids have cellphones with cameras, so that makes them safer? not sluttier?

The problem for these kids is that they are douchebag new yorkers parented by older douchebag new yorkers. You CAN'T be raised right in a metropolis. There's no real chance to 'cut your teeth'.

When a child grows up without struggle, or uncomfortable character-building dilemmas and hardships, they grow up to be entitled drains on society. "I'm not working at mcdonalds!" "Pumping gas is for losers!" etc...

You're the new blood. You get the loser jobs. If you don't eff it up, then maybe you can build a resume and get a better job in a year or so. Deal with it.

So, good luck, New York lady, with altering the smug, entitled "I'm from NY, YAY!" attitude that you are surrounded by, but it's never going to change. Big city folk will always be shallow, self-entitled and materialistic.

/Not a troll. Seriously. I just hate big-city douchebags who think being from a big city actually means anything to anyone else.
 
2012-09-12 09:06:22 AM

Freakin Rican: Freakin Rican: note to NYC parents and parents everywhere,

kid your lazy kids out the house and make them play.
its free.

"KICK"


I'm only in my early 40s and when I was young during the summer, I was tossed outdoors at 9am. Would come back for lunch

TiiiMMMaHHH: babysealclubber: Lol at everyone who doesn't get the woman's point.

She's not expecting anyone to actually take her up on it. She just wants parents to learn that it's okay to let your kids have freedom. This country is WAY safer now than even when I was a kid. And now, kids can have cell phones and stuff. I used to be gone all day with no contact with my parents, at least until I got hungry.

soooo.. let me get this straight...

Kids have cellphones with cameras, so that makes them safer? not sluttier?

The problem for these kids is that they are douchebag new yorkers parented by older douchebag new yorkers. You CAN'T be raised right in a metropolis. There's no real chance to 'cut your teeth'.

When a child grows up without struggle, or uncomfortable character-building dilemmas and hardships, they grow up to be entitled drains on society. "I'm not working at mcdonalds!" "Pumping gas is for losers!" etc...

You're the new blood. You get the loser jobs. If you don't eff it up, then maybe you can build a resume and get a better job in a year or so. Deal with it.

So, good luck, New York lady, with altering the smug, entitled "I'm from NY, YAY!" attitude that you are surrounded by, but it's never going to change. Big city folk will always be shallow, self-entitled and materialistic.

/Not a troll. Seriously. I just hate big-city douchebags who think being from a big city actually means anything to anyone else.


And I hate rural douchebags who think that being country is more "genuine" and "real" and that they're better that everyone else.

/I've lived both places and everything in between
//That makes me better than all of you
 
2012-09-12 09:21:29 AM

TiiiMMMaHHH: babysealclubber: Lol at everyone who doesn't get the woman's point.

She's not expecting anyone to actually take her up on it. She just wants parents to learn that it's okay to let your kids have freedom. This country is WAY safer now than even when I was a kid. And now, kids can have cell phones and stuff. I used to be gone all day with no contact with my parents, at least until I got hungry.

soooo.. let me get this straight...

1. Kids have cellphones with cameras, so that makes them safer? not sluttier?

2. The problem for these kids is that they are douchebag new yorkers parented by older douchebag new yorkers. You CAN'T be raised right in a metropolis. There's no real chance to 'cut your teeth'.

3. When a child grows up without struggle, or uncomfortable character-building dilemmas and hardships, they grow up to be entitled drains on society. "I'm not working at mcdonalds!" "Pumping gas is for losers!" etc...

4. You're the new blood. You get the loser jobs. If you don't eff it up, then maybe you can build a resume and get a better job in a year or so. Deal with it.

5. So, good luck, New York lady, with altering the smug, entitled "I'm from NY, YAY!" attitude that you are surrounded by, but it's never going to change. Big city folk will always be shallow, self-entitled and materialistic.

6. /Not a troll. Seriously. I just hate big-city douchebags who think being from a big city actually means anything to anyone else.


I'm numbering your, "points" for clarity, and my sanity.

1. Yes grandpa, cellphones makes them safer, not sluttier. Now get back in the home.
2. You can't be raised right in a Metropolis? Cut your teeth? This is just nonsense, and I was raised in BFE Kentucky.
3. What are you talking about growing up without struggle? Where is this coming from? Who is talking about working at McDonald's or pumping gas?
4. Once again, WTF are you talking about?
5. How did this lady have a "I'm from NY, YAY!" attitude? Even so, how is this any different than your, "I'm from the country, so I know how to kids "right"" attitude?
6. You may not be a troll, but you sound like an idiot with a misplaced anger disorder.
 
2012-09-12 09:25:43 AM
Back in my day, I could take a trolley to Ebbet's for a nickel, and have enough left over to buy my best gal a cherry soda. We didn't need any of your fancy-schmancy cell-aphones or playstation boys. We were raised right, dammit.
 
2012-09-12 09:27:30 AM

TiiiMMMaHHH: The problem for these kids is that they are douchebag new yorkers parented by older douchebag new yorkers. You CAN'T be raised right in a metropolis. There's no real chance to 'cut your teeth'.

When a child grows up without struggle, or uncomfortable character-building dilemmas and hardships, they grow up to be entitled drains on society. "I'm not working at mcdonalds!" "Pumping gas is for losers!" etc...

You're the new blood. You get the loser jobs. If you don't eff it up, then maybe you can build a resume and get a better job in a year or so. Deal with it.


Despite what you may have seen on HBO there are plenty of white/middle class kids getting crappy jobs in the city.
 
2012-09-12 09:31:19 AM

KatjaMouse: TiiiMMMaHHH: The problem for these kids is that they are douchebag new yorkers parented by older douchebag new yorkers. You CAN'T be raised right in a metropolis. There's no real chance to 'cut your teeth'.

When a child grows up without struggle, or uncomfortable character-building dilemmas and hardships, they grow up to be entitled drains on society. "I'm not working at mcdonalds!" "Pumping gas is for losers!" etc...

You're the new blood. You get the loser jobs. If you don't eff it up, then maybe you can build a resume and get a better job in a year or so. Deal with it.

Despite what you may have seen on HBO there are plenty of white/middle class kids getting crappy jobs in the city.


I don't even know WTF he is talking about.
 
2012-09-12 09:38:34 AM
This is the same woman who SHOCKED THE WORLD that she let her 9 year old do something as simple as ride the subway to school. I don't know where this notion came from that kids have to be monitored and have their lives scheduled in MS Outlook 24 hours a day.

I also was one of those kids who took off at 7AM on his bicycle and didn't come home until dinner and lo and behold: I WAS NEVER KIDNAPPED OR BUTTRAPED.
 
2012-09-12 09:40:05 AM

Pangit: Anti-snowflake movement?

I'm all-in. ALL IN! As a kid I just informed my parents where I would be and that was that. They didnt "supervise" me at the playground.


Same here, buy I am from a small town originally. Seriously, most Farker high schools had more people than my town did.
 
2012-09-12 09:45:39 AM

stiletto_the_wise: This is the same woman who SHOCKED THE WORLD that she let her 9 year old do something as simple as ride the subway to school. I don't know where this notion came from that kids have to be monitored and have their lives scheduled in MS Outlook 24 hours a day.

I also was one of those kids who took off at 7AM on his bicycle and didn't come home until dinner and lo and behold: I WAS NEVER KIDNAPPED OR BUTTRAPED.


Did you mooch lunch? I did the same thin but came home twice to eat.
 
2012-09-12 09:55:53 AM

Aikidogamer: stiletto_the_wise: This is the same woman who SHOCKED THE WORLD that she let her 9 year old do something as simple as ride the subway to school. I don't know where this notion came from that kids have to be monitored and have their lives scheduled in MS Outlook 24 hours a day.

I also was one of those kids who took off at 7AM on his bicycle and didn't come home until dinner and lo and behold: I WAS NEVER KIDNAPPED OR BUTTRAPED.

Did you mooch lunch? I did the same thin but came home twice to eat.


Sometimes I would pack my lunch for the day. I mastered peanut butter sandwiches really quick.
 
2012-09-12 10:01:54 AM

TiiiMMMaHHH: babysealclubber: Lol at everyone who doesn't get the woman's point.

She's not expecting anyone to actually take her up on it. She just wants parents to learn that it's okay to let your kids have freedom. This country is WAY safer now than even when I was a kid. And now, kids can have cell phones and stuff. I used to be gone all day with no contact with my parents, at least until I got hungry.

soooo.. let me get this straight...

Kids have cellphones with cameras, so that makes them safer? not sluttier?

The problem for these kids is that they are douchebag new yorkers parented by older douchebag new yorkers. You CAN'T be raised right in a metropolis. There's no real chance to 'cut your teeth'.

When a child grows up without struggle, or uncomfortable character-building dilemmas and hardships, they grow up to be entitled drains on society. "I'm not working at mcdonalds!" "Pumping gas is for losers!" etc...

You're the new blood. You get the loser jobs. If you don't eff it up, then maybe you can build a resume and get a better job in a year or so. Deal with it.

So, good luck, New York lady, with altering the smug, entitled "I'm from NY, YAY!" attitude that you are surrounded by, but it's never going to change. Big city folk will always be shallow, self-entitled and materialistic.

/Not a troll. Seriously. I just hate big-city douchebags who think being from a big city actually means anything to anyone else.


You might not be a troll, and you might not be from "the big city," but you definitely figured out how to be a self-important douchebag...
 
2012-09-12 10:04:49 AM

babysealclubber: Aikidogamer: stiletto_the_wise: This is the same woman who SHOCKED THE WORLD that she let her 9 year old do something as simple as ride the subway to school. I don't know where this notion came from that kids have to be monitored and have their lives scheduled in MS Outlook 24 hours a day.

I also was one of those kids who took off at 7AM on his bicycle and didn't come home until dinner and lo and behold: I WAS NEVER KIDNAPPED OR BUTTRAPED.

Did you mooch lunch? I did the same thin but came home twice to eat.

Sometimes I would pack my lunch for the day. I mastered peanut butter sandwiches really quick.


Good call. I used to love those after like six hours. The PB seeped into the bread and it tasted like a cookie.
 
2012-09-12 10:12:29 AM

stiletto_the_wise: This is the same woman who SHOCKED THE WORLD that she let her 9 year old do something as simple as ride the subway to school. I don't know where this notion came from that kids have to be monitored and have their lives scheduled in MS Outlook 24 hours a day.

I also was one of those kids who took off at 7AM on his bicycle and didn't come home until dinner and lo and behold: I WAS NEVER KIDNAPPED OR BUTTRAPED.


I think a lot of the fear comes from people like myself who grew up in NY in the 70's and 80's. There really was a lot to be afraid of.

What decade were you riding around NYC unsupervised? That may have something to do with it.
 
2012-09-12 10:24:40 AM

T.M.S.: stiletto_the_wise: This is the same woman who SHOCKED THE WORLD that she let her 9 year old do something as simple as ride the subway to school. I don't know where this notion came from that kids have to be monitored and have their lives scheduled in MS Outlook 24 hours a day.

I also was one of those kids who took off at 7AM on his bicycle and didn't come home until dinner and lo and behold: I WAS NEVER KIDNAPPED OR BUTTRAPED.

I think a lot of the fear comes from people like myself who grew up in NY in the 70's and 80's. There really was a lot to be afraid of.

What decade were you riding around NYC unsupervised? That may have something to do with it.


Damn straight.
 
2012-09-12 10:29:55 AM

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2012-09-12 11:31:49 AM

T.M.S.: I think a lot of the fear comes from people like myself who grew up in NY in the 70's and 80's. There really was a lot to be afraid of.

What decade were you riding around NYC unsupervised? That may have something to do with it.


Um, I played unsupervised in my neighborhood in the 1980's.. and was taking the subway by age 12 or so in the very early 90's (there was no reason to take the subway before then).

Just about every kid I knew growing up in NYC had the same experience. Kids roamed around in "packs"... that's how you didn't get in trouble (or maybe too much trouble!). Of course you didn't go out at night, but the fact of the matter was I never felt unsafe during the day. There was plenty of people around. If god forbid something happened, a kid would run to go get mom or we could go ring the doorbells of any of the homes on the block we happened to be on. NYC (at least back then) was MUCH more "neighborhoody".

Although this was in the Bronx, I know many of my Manhattan friends felt the same about their neighborhoods, particularly in the Village, Upper East, and Upper West Side. Even less savory neighborhoods too (at the time) like Chinatown and LES. And I don't think this is necessarilly about "rich" people either. I know quite a few "richies" who as preteens had the same experience (although they played in Central Park, not the shiatty paved playground I had as a youngin')

When I decided to buy a home, I moved to Sunnyside, Queens and it is still the same deal here. At around 10 years old, the kids on the block "pack up"... and bring their little brothers and sisters (usually). If not, the younger kids play on the block. Are the unsupervised? Kinda. No one is actually watching them, but they have EVERYONE in the neighborhood watching them.

I complain about the kids playing outside my door all the time to my non-city friends. When there's 20 kids on your block, it can get crazy loud, particularly in summer nights, and can go on well into the early morning hours. My friends always ask why I don't complain to the city about it. The fact of the matter is, not only did I do the same thing, but they are MY kids. I can yell at them to shut up, but if anyone tried to fark with them, me and the whole block would get involved. I grew up the same way.

The people who are like this are people who DIDN'T grow up in NYC and assume their kid has to be personally supervised 24/7 in order for the kid to be safe.

When we moved to an upscale bedroom community in NJ (my grandparents still lived in the BX) it was kind of amazing how overly supervised some kids were. We had a gorgeous woods in our backyard, and lots of kids weren't even allowed to play there. Did we get poison ivy? Sure. Did we scrape our legs? Sure. But some parents are terrified of everything.

IMHO, it has gotten even worse.
 
2012-09-12 12:23:27 PM

stiletto_the_wise: This is the same woman who SHOCKED THE WORLD that she let her 9 year old do something as simple as ride the subway to school. I don't know where this notion came from that kids have to be monitored and have their lives scheduled in MS Outlook 24 hours a day.

I also was one of those kids who took off at 7AM on his bicycle and didn't come home until dinner and lo and behold: I WAS NEVER KIDNAPPED OR BUTTRAPED.


Almost the same here. In the summer I had until 9am to be out the door and would only come home for lunch. Back by 6pm for dinner and then back out until the street lights came on. One summer my dad put an odometer on my bike and I hit like 600+ miles.
 
2012-09-12 01:57:38 PM

enderthexenocide: when i was a kid (late-80s, early 90s) i would jump on my bike and just go wherever i wanted, sometimes winding up several miles from my parents house. most of the time, my parents had no idea where i was. i just had to make it back home for dinner. i had total freedom and the concept of "supervised play" was completely foreign to me. and all my friends were the same way. we never had parents keeping an eye on us, we just went outside and disappeared for hours at a time.

i wish kids today had that same sense of freedom.


Yeah they are missing out. I remember summers waking up having breakfast and disappearing all day and not coming home til the street lights were on. But now there is a pedo around every corner.
 
2012-09-12 02:10:00 PM

mjohnson71: /Not a troll. Seriously..


This is the rough equivalent of "I'm not racist, but...".
 
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