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(NPR)   A look at how, over the past three generations, parents have evolved from telling their children to "be home before the lights come on" to "DO NOT WANDER MORE THAN AN ARM'S REACH FROM ME OR YOU'LL GET TAKEN"   (npr.org) divider line 346
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2012-10-01 08:24:44 PM

Ravengirl: ADHD Librarian: he comes back a little while later reporting that there are no other kids to be found

There are, by my count, 21 children living on my street. Most days my 3 year old is the only one outside, parental supervision or not. Its hard to play outside when no one is there to play with.


I want to try promoting 'take your kid the the park and leave them there day' (or whatever the hell it is called) with the local schools. Se if it can trigger a revival of kids who go outside to play without parents. I would love to see more kids out and about on their bikes, climbing trees, puffing on stolen cigarettes, umm wait.
It is ok, it is harder for the little bastards to steal a pack these days as not so many folk are smokers. But, whatever. I know the boy will find trouble, that is why you let them out there, they find trouble and DEAL WITH IT. Means that they develop some skills and resilience rather than becoming dumber than a bag of hammers.
 
2012-10-01 08:26:17 PM
Growing up in Florida, Adam Walsh's disappearance and subsequent murder had a big influence on my mom going from "just be home in time for dinner" to "where are you going, why are you going there and who are you going with?" I'm surprised she didn't implant a chip in my neck.
 
2012-10-01 08:28:54 PM

ADHD Librarian: Ravengirl: ADHD Librarian: he comes back a little while later reporting that there are no other kids to be found

There are, by my count, 21 children living on my street. Most days my 3 year old is the only one outside, parental supervision or not. Its hard to play outside when no one is there to play with.

I want to try promoting 'take your kid the the park and leave them there day' (or whatever the hell it is called) with the local schools. Se if it can trigger a revival of kids who go outside to play without parents. I would love to see more kids out and about on their bikes, climbing trees, puffing on stolen cigarettes, umm wait.
It is ok, it is harder for the little bastards to steal a pack these days as not so many folk are smokers. But, whatever. I know the boy will find trouble, that is why you let them out there, they find trouble and DEAL WITH IT. Means that they develop some skills and resilience rather than becoming dumber than a bag of hammers.


I like that.

"Find trouble; deal with it."

I like that very much.

P.S. I've seen "Airplane!" more than once; thank you.

P/P/S? I'm morphing it into my own, however: "Find what you made: make with it."
 
2012-10-01 08:29:06 PM
Meh. I just arm my kids to the teeth and send them on their way. They'll be fine.
 
2012-10-01 08:32:08 PM

UberDave: jaylectricity: When I was 8-12 I lived on the Air Force Base in Denver. We were allowed to go anywhere on base that there were houses. Once you got to the main artery in and out of the base, that became "permission land," as in, we had to get permission to ride our bikes that far. Of course, once we got our IDs, we'd sneak off base to go to the Circle K in Aurora to buy candy.

Lowry was a pretty safe base man...as long as you know to stay out of the road and even then people on Air Force bases are a little more alert for pedestrians...especially on a big training base. :)


And if you managed to get off base and wandered East Colfax, there were all those pretty women who wanted to take you home with them . . .
 
2012-10-01 08:33:50 PM

W.C.fields forever: Rapmaster2000: One thing that's better is I was a kid during the 80s Satansim craze where it was assumed that Satanists were engaging in all manner of skullduggery on the fringes of every small town. There was a house in my neighborhood that my parents said "Satanists" lived in and to avoid it.

This panic seemed to disappear sometime in the 90s. What was that all about?

I grew up in East Northport.Google Ricky Kasso.He was supposedly a satanist.
But mostly it was the mescaline.He even tagged the playgrounds at the grammer
school...Cept he spelled it Satin.


He must have been related to the freak who tagged our high school with a common swear word. Spelled it "Fuk". Scarred me for life, having to see that for four years...
 
2012-10-01 08:34:46 PM

Gyrfalcon: W.C.fields forever: Rapmaster2000: One thing that's better is I was a kid during the 80s Satansim craze where it was assumed that Satanists were engaging in all manner of skullduggery on the fringes of every small town. There was a house in my neighborhood that my parents said "Satanists" lived in and to avoid it.

This panic seemed to disappear sometime in the 90s. What was that all about?

I grew up in East Northport.Google Ricky Kasso.He was supposedly a satanist.
But mostly it was the mescaline.He even tagged the playgrounds at the grammer
school...Cept he spelled it Satin.

He must have been related to the freak who tagged our high school with a common swear word. Spelled it "Fuk". Scarred me for life, having to see that for four years...


Your fragility is frkked.
 
2012-10-01 08:36:01 PM

Lumpmoose: I grew up on the edge of Billings, MT in the late 80s-early 90s. There was a ditch to the north, a ditch to the east, and plenty of dirt roads and asphalt to bike on in between. That's the difference: space. Housing developments pop up so quickly now I don't know where you could find that lifestyle and still have access to a decent job.


Not really. I live in VT. I live on a dead end road in the woods with 6 houses. That connected to a dirt road, nothing but woods and old farms. Not one single parent in our neighborhood lets our kids walk the 1/8 of a mile to the end of our private road to wait for the bus, not even us. Pisses me off. Wife is all stupid like everyone else. School will not let kids get off the bus without a parent waiting unless you raise a big stink.

When I was 8 I could ride a three wheeler or snowmobile on all the trails in town. I could go fishing all day with a bag lunch. Parents, myself included, need to put our foot down.
 
2012-10-01 08:40:54 PM
lol - nostalgic farkers?
 
2012-10-01 08:42:59 PM

Gyrfalcon: W.C.fields forever: Rapmaster2000: One thing that's better is I was a kid during the 80s Satansim craze where it was assumed that Satanists were engaging in all manner of skullduggery on the fringes of every small town. There was a house in my neighborhood that my parents said "Satanists" lived in and to avoid it.

This panic seemed to disappear sometime in the 90s. What was that all about?

I grew up in East Northport.Google Ricky Kasso.He was supposedly a satanist.
But mostly it was the mescaline.He even tagged the playgrounds at the grammer
school...Cept he spelled it Satin.

He must have been related to the freak who tagged our high school with a common swear word. Spelled it "Fuk". Scarred me for life, having to see that for four years...


Your school couldn't afford paint or a sandblaster?
 
2012-10-01 08:45:02 PM
I grew up in a farm town in New Jersey in the 1970s. The neighbors knew you and had no hesitation about telling your parents if you were doing something stupid or just yelling at you themselves. I do remember getting in trouble for riding my bike to my friend's house when I was nine, but it was more because I'd just learned to ride and the road was a somewhat busy one with narrow shoulders. We'd walk to nearby farms to pet cows, look for wild strawberries in the woods in the spring, do suicide runs on our bikes down a supersteep paved road, go sledding at a nearby park head first and if you wiped out your mom was more apt to laugh her ass off than anything else.

The neighborhood I live in now really only has babies and toddlers; once the kids reach school age the parents move to one of the surrounding counties because of Richmond's crappy public school system. But there's housing projects not too far away, and I am preparing for the swarm that will come on Halloween. Last year I went through eight big bags of candy in about an hour, although there were a few little bastards who came around more than once. I've been buying candy since Labor Day.

/give out the good stuff too, chocolate and lots of it
 
2012-10-01 08:48:28 PM

Indubitably:
Martial arts, man.
Start 'em young.
You're welcome.


Maybe they could kick the 9mm out of their hand, or maybe go all Neo and start dodging bullets.

/Seems Legit.

Beanlet: I sure hope they don't find their way to our new house.. I wouldn't be surprised to see them though.


Our house is shut down for Halloween. There will be no candy-giving cheer due to the same crap you mention. My 88 y/o grandmother stopped many moons ago.. and she lives in a very nice area (that folks from other areas raid on Halloween because they know there will be brand-name candy handed out). She was terrified that kids in their late-teens would beat on the door near midnight on Halloween asking for candy.
 
2012-10-01 08:48:33 PM
How timely. Just got the following email from my daughter's school a few hours ago:

We want to inform you of reported lewd activity by a male in a dark gray car within a few blocks of our Middle School campus. The man was described as having dark hair and a scruffy beard and he attempted to get "pretext" information from one of our students. A police report has been filed and our own security staff has been alerted.

We are asking all parents to again remind your students that they should never approach a strange car for any reason, nor should they leave campus while awaiting their rides home. We strongly suggest that, for the time being, parents should arrange pick-ups for students who would normally walk home.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
 
2012-10-01 08:48:40 PM
Some kids have to be supervised because they will walk away with strangers or run into traffic.
 
2012-10-01 08:49:27 PM

Gyrfalcon: W.C.fields forever: Rapmaster2000: One thing that's better is I was a kid during the 80s Satansim craze where it was assumed that Satanists were engaging in all manner of skullduggery on the fringes of every small town. There was a house in my neighborhood that my parents said "Satanists" lived in and to avoid it.

This panic seemed to disappear sometime in the 90s. What was that all about?

I grew up in East Northport.Google Ricky Kasso.He was supposedly a satanist.
But mostly it was the mescaline.He even tagged the playgrounds at the grammer
school...Cept he spelled it Satin.

He must have been related to the freak who tagged our high school with a common swear word. Spelled it "Fuk". Scarred me for life, having to see that for four years...


Me also....to this day...When ever I see the word satan...I see satin.
 
2012-10-01 08:49:41 PM

orbister: feffer: I'm picturing this kid at 15 with his mom following him around.

My aunt taught a 15 year old whose mother escorted him to secondary school every day, then waited outside the gates to talk to him at break time and give him his sandwiches at lunch time before escorting him home. That was 30 years ago.


Thirty years ago that was unusual. I think.
 
2012-10-01 08:52:44 PM
We lived in the bush on 3000 acres. We used to travel way out of shouting distance for hours on end. I think the only concern then was snakebite and there are plenty of times I remember thinking I'm way too far away for any help to get to me ( I was about 5 ). Ah, good times!
 
2012-10-01 08:53:25 PM

cryinoutloud: worries that bugs and creepy crawly things may become more alien, more "other," if kids stay out of the woods. All over the world, children may not be getting to explore plants and animals in natural settings on their own. That's a loss, he thinks. Will they know what they're missing?

Since I"m a filthy tree-hugger, this bothers me a lot. I don't think it's good for our heads to live in a totally artificial world.

And that's why I live where I live, and why my kid had the run of an entire hick town growing up. And dammit, we went camping. With tents, in the woods.



Grew up in West Virginia with parents and grandparents who had camped all their lives. Apparently I was camping while my mom was pregnant. At 4 I climbed a tree on a camping trip and fell about 20 feet which was my first emergency room trip. They came regularly as I was always getting a fish hook through a finger, dropping a rock on my foot, getting bitten by snakes for about 20 years, and regularly interrupting camping trips with trips to the ER. Mostly I grew out of the trips to the ER but I still camp, all over the country and sometimes out of the country. Next trip is to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland next fall. There's nothing better than smelling like wood smoke and cooking all your meals in one iron skillet.

Cheers to you for taking your kid camping. I'm jealous that you have MT as your back yard.
 
2012-10-01 08:54:52 PM
I'm one of those parents who doesn't let the kids out of sight.

I'm 41 now... when I was 10, a friend and I were walking home from playing at another friend's house when two men in a trans am/camaro/firebird tried to forcibly abduct us. It was 5pm on the main thoroughfare in town-- a relatively busy 4 lane city street. We had the presence of mind to run in the opposite direction of traffic, and the street was far too busy for them to turn around. When they turned the corner, we ran into an open garage and hid under a car. They circled the block a few times, then gave up. We ran the three blocks back to our street and told our parents who obviously called the police.

I can still see the car, picture their faces, and remember every word of the conversation with the cop like it was yesterday. I am thoroughly convinced that they would have abducted, raped, and possibly killed us if they had managed to get us into the car.

Yeah, I'm a little overprotective with my kids, but I have good reason.

/100% true. Outside of the family, I've never told any of this to anyone other than my wife, and I can feel the waves of anxiety rise up in me as I type this.
 
2012-10-01 08:56:47 PM

ADHD Librarian: I want to try promoting 'take your kid the the park and leave them there day' (or whatever the hell it is called) with the local schools.


I think that's a great idea. Where and when are you planning on doing this? I'd be happy to join.
 
2012-10-01 08:57:18 PM

PallMall: Indubitably:
Martial arts, man.
Start 'em young.
You're welcome.

Maybe they could kick the 9mm out of their hand, or maybe go all Neo and start dodging bullets.

/Seems Legit.

Beanlet: I sure hope they don't find their way to our new house.. I wouldn't be surprised to see them though.

Our house is shut down for Halloween. There will be no candy-giving cheer due to the same crap you mention. My 88 y/o grandmother stopped many moons ago.. and she lives in a very nice area (that folks from other areas raid on Halloween because they know there will be brand-name candy handed out). She was terrified that kids in their late-teens would beat on the door near midnight on Halloween asking for candy.


*sigh*
 
2012-10-01 08:59:32 PM

Indubitably: PallMall: Indubitably: Nitt?

 
2012-10-01 09:00:26 PM

Marisyana: I grew up in a farm town in New Jersey in the 1970s. The neighbors knew you and had no hesitation about telling your parents if you were doing something stupid or just yelling at you themselves. I do remember getting in trouble for riding my bike to my friend's house when I was nine, but it was more because I'd just learned to ride and the road was a somewhat busy one with narrow shoulders. We'd walk to nearby farms to pet cows, look for wild strawberries in the woods in the spring, do suicide runs on our bikes down a supersteep paved road, go sledding at a nearby park head first and if you wiped out your mom was more apt to laugh her ass off than anything else.

The neighborhood I live in now really only has babies and toddlers; once the kids reach school age the parents move to one of the surrounding counties because of Richmond's crappy public school system. But there's housing projects not too far away, and I am preparing for the swarm that will come on Halloween. Last year I went through eight big bags of candy in about an hour, although there were a few little bastards who came around more than once. I've been buying candy since Labor Day.

/give out the good stuff too, chocolate and lots of it


Yep. What you said about the neighbors.they would put you in your place.
They wouldn't rat us out,.As long as you showed respect and took it to the
next neighborhood.

//miss my old hood..My neighbors cooked well also.Lotta Italians.
 
2012-10-01 09:00:39 PM

Indubitably: Indubitably: PallMall: Indubitably: Nitt?


Apologies, it's spelled nit, no?
 
2012-10-01 09:02:06 PM

Omahawg: redly1: society has changed. As a kid, my boundaries living in rural small town iowa were as far as my legs or bike or later moped would take me. I have to pry my kids out of the house on the weekends now. It breaks my heart that they can't have the runabout comradery that I had with other kids in my youth. The problem is, all the other kids are either also at home, in the house, or participating in some type of semi-pro ethic organized sport.

the teenagers here no longer cruise, no more petty vandalism, no more 'whose brother will buy us beer' to drink on back gravel roads, no more hanging around doing nothing but intimidating old people...they are instead sad and pathetic and constantly glued to their cellular telephones.


You're showing your age, teens today are just as rowdy and obnoxious as any other generation they are simply smarter about it. Instead of simply running out of the house they are chatting with friends on facebook and playing games together over the internet but make no mistake a large number of them still go out to drink and party. I know that my high school graduating class (09) party and got drunk all the time and that tradition continue to this day if my cousin is anything to judge.
 
2012-10-01 09:02:52 PM

bigbaddoc: I'm one of those parents who doesn't let the kids out of sight.

I'm 41 now... when I was 10, a friend and I were walking home from playing at another friend's house when two men in a trans am/camaro/firebird tried to forcibly abduct us. It was 5pm on the main thoroughfare in town-- a relatively busy 4 lane city street. We had the presence of mind to run in the opposite direction of traffic, and the street was far too busy for them to turn around. When they turned the corner, we ran into an open garage and hid under a car. They circled the block a few times, then gave up. We ran the three blocks back to our street and told our parents who obviously called the police.

I can still see the car, picture their faces, and remember every word of the conversation with the cop like it was yesterday. I am thoroughly convinced that they would have abducted, raped, and possibly killed us if they had managed to get us into the car.

Yeah, I'm a little overprotective with my kids, but I have good reason.

/100% true. Outside of the family, I've never told any of this to anyone other than my wife, and I can feel the waves of anxiety rise up in me as I type this.


Grow some balls, dude. Those guys probably just wanted to show you and your buddy how to be cool... you know.. smoking weed, drinking beer, etc. (TransAm/Camaro/Firebird proves this point). Sounds like you just were too scared to do anything manly.. and it's evident now.

Good luck with your future stripper/drug addict kids. It will be your own fault for sheltering them too much rather than letting them grow up like humans should.

Indubitably: *sigh*


I hear ya. It's truly depressing.
 
2012-10-01 09:06:01 PM

Anenu: You're showing your age, teens today are just as rowdy and obnoxious as any other generation they are simply smarter about it willing to blow your brains out with a pistol over an argument or for a value meal.

 
2012-10-01 09:13:06 PM

chuckufarlie: seeing that this is the internet and not a court of law, nobody has to prove anything. This is a discussion, not an inquisition.


That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. - Christopher Hitchens
 
2012-10-01 09:14:42 PM

Lumpmoose: Would that have happened if you grew up in Manhattan, even back then? TFA would be a lot more interesting if it compared average population density over time as it relates to childhood. They're jumping straight to the conclusion of blaming society and parental fears while in the meantime a hell of a lot more kids are growing up in densely populated areas. That's the issue that needs to be articulated and addressed (if there even is a problem). Journalists are lazy when they pin this solely on get-off-my-lawn nostalgia and they do society a disservice.


My dad grew up in Brooklyn in the '40's. He and his friends used to ride the subway and go play ball in Central park at age 9 or 10.

I grew up in Suburban NJ in the late 60's and I walked a mile or so to and from school (uphill both ways in the snow). I recall one Halloween that fell on a Saturday and we were gone for 5 or 6 hours trekking all over town.

Now people freakout on me when I tell them that we used to let our 3 yr old play outside in the mud in our front yard by himself.
 
2012-10-01 09:15:39 PM

FunkOut: Some kids have to be supervised because they will walk away with strangers or run into traffic.


a good justification for NON-supervision.
 
2012-10-01 09:19:57 PM

Sticky Hands: I think there is another factor people are missing: smaller families.


In support of this theory, the only kids who do come out to play are from a family of 7 kids. They are great kids and are realy nice to my daughter who wants so very much to play with them. The problem is that the majority of the 7 are heavily into acro at the national level so they practice before and after school and don't have much time to play. In case you don't know what acro is, here are two of my neighbour's kids being tossed around like dolls
 
2012-10-01 09:21:44 PM
the problem is no sidewalks or front porches
 
2012-10-01 09:24:22 PM

spidermilk: Her mom said 'she can't run around she'll get dirty' and 'i don't want her in the bouncy house- there are germs in there'. The host even offered to get all the other kids out of the bouncy house so that nobody would crash into my friend's daughter.


AKA How to create an asthmatic.

We are evolved with immune systems designed to cope with bug bites, half-rotten food, and the first year of your life crawling around on the ground among the worms and dog crap. Prevent the immune system with something to do, like a bored malcontent, it will stir up trouble.
 
2012-10-01 09:25:54 PM

ko_kyi: spidermilk: Her mom said 'she can't run around she'll get dirty' and 'i don't want her in the bouncy house- there are germs in there'. The host even offered to get all the other kids out of the bouncy house so that nobody would crash into my friend's daughter.

AKA How to create an asthmatic.

We are evolved with immune systems designed to cope with bug bites, half-rotten food, and the first year of your life crawling around on the ground among the worms and dog crap. Prevent the immune system with something to do, like a bored malcontent, it will stir up trouble.


Thank you, doctor.

Credibility: I has it.
 
2012-10-01 09:27:28 PM

monstera: the problem is no sidewalks or front porches


Bu..bu... but that makes it easier for molesters to see and abduct your childrens!!!
 
2012-10-01 09:30:44 PM

Indubitably: Thank you, doctor.

Credibility: I has it.


http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/02/what-do-worms-have-to-d o -with-as.html

http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/content/168/3/266.full

Gosh, sorry to not have the credentials to meet the high standards of FARK. I think your TotalFark badge needs shining.
 
2012-10-01 09:32:42 PM

serial_crusher: If I had kids, road traffic would be the thing that worried me the most. You can't go a mile from my house in any direction without crossing a major highway. I get the impression that traffic wasn't quite that gnarly in the 1950s.


we grew up a stones throw from Rt.23 in NJ. my mother told me almost daily "why don't you go play in traffic". they knew how to get rid of the stupid ones early back then.
 
2012-10-01 09:33:23 PM

ScottRiqui: Gyrfalcon: W.C.fields forever: Rapmaster2000: One thing that's better is I was a kid during the 80s Satansim craze where it was assumed that Satanists were engaging in all manner of skullduggery on the fringes of every small town. There was a house in my neighborhood that my parents said "Satanists" lived in and to avoid it.

This panic seemed to disappear sometime in the 90s. What was that all about?

I grew up in East Northport.Google Ricky Kasso.He was supposedly a satanist.
But mostly it was the mescaline.He even tagged the playgrounds at the grammer
school...Cept he spelled it Satin.

He must have been related to the freak who tagged our high school with a common swear word. Spelled it "Fuk". Scarred me for life, having to see that for four years...

Your school couldn't afford paint or a sandblaster?


I never could understand what happened. It was on an adobe pillar, in blue paint, so I suppose that precluded paint or sandblasting...I guess. But they couldn't have just replaced the whole damn thing? It was ONE pillar! For all I know, it's still there.
 
2012-10-01 09:36:16 PM

ko_kyi: Indubitably: Thank you, doctor.

Credibility: I has it.

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/02/what-do-worms-have-to-d o -with-as.html

http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/content/168/3/266.full

Gosh, sorry to not have the credentials to meet the high standards of FARK. I think your TotalFark badge needs shining.


I wasn't dissing you, seriously.

And thank you?
 
2012-10-01 09:46:04 PM
Beanlet


I know.. Those brown peeple's scare me candies too.....


/Comprende?
 
2012-10-01 09:51:41 PM

FlippityFlap: Beanlet


I know.. Those brown peeple's scare me candies too.....


/Comprende?


And what did she say that had anything to do with race? Assholes come in all colors. Including, apparently, whatever color you are.
 
2012-10-01 09:54:34 PM

FlippityFlap: Beanlet


I know.. Those brown peeple's scare me candies too.....


/Comprende?


Melanin is melanin, man.
 
2012-10-01 10:00:40 PM
Meh. I did some exploring in the woods around my house, but I also sat around and watched a shiatload of TV. Game shows, Warner Bros., Wonderama and Soul Train, and sometimes the cheesy local bowling and wrestling shows. (Old-school WRGB FTW.)

I don't think my kids have time for all that TV except maybe on a rainy weekend.

30 minutes music practice every single day. Why the fark did my daughter have to pick the clarinet? Have you ever heard a kid just learning to play the clarinet? HONK HONK HONK as they're learning their embouchure or whatever the fark it is. It's like living with a goose with Asperger's. I hope my son picks something nice and sedate to play like a drum set or maybe the gong.

CCD and choir practice Wednesday.

Scout meetings.

Epic piles of tedious teaching-to-the-test homework...which wouldn't be quite so epic if they sucked it up and didn't spend so much time biatching about homework, but still.

Some classmate of my kids has a birthday, and every weekend there goes four hours of prime unstructured kid time for the party, the gift-shopping and travel. At least there aren't many of those bullshiat 'theme' parties around here. You want a theme? Running, yelling, hot dogs, pizza and cake. There's your theme.

And then inevitably somebody gets sick on that one blank day on the calendar...and because one time my daughter actually did find herself with a cold that segued pleasantly into three years of treatment for a kidney disorder, we always have that "oh fark" moment every time one of them gets sick and there goes another day.
 
2012-10-01 10:03:47 PM

serial_crusher: If I had kids, road traffic would be the thing that worried me the most. You can't go a mile from my house in any direction without crossing a major highway. I get the impression that traffic wasn't quite that gnarly in the 1950s.


This is what bothers me as well. We played in the street (football, baseball, bikes etc) and never had a vehicle fly by at 35+ mph. We live in the 'burbs and no one drives 'slow'. Kids on bikes are smart enough to stay on the side walks or go to the bike trails. What I see as the major problem is less and less community involvement, our neighbors do not know our names and hide when approched. Sad.
/we are really not that scary.
 
2012-10-01 10:04:39 PM

PallMall: bigbaddoc: I'm one of those parents who doesn't let the kids out of sight.

I'm 41 now... when I was 10, a friend and I were walking home from playing at another friend's house when two men in a trans am/camaro/firebird tried to forcibly abduct us. It was 5pm on the main thoroughfare in town-- a relatively busy 4 lane city street. We had the presence of mind to run in the opposite direction of traffic, and the street was far too busy for them to turn around. When they turned the corner, we ran into an open garage and hid under a car. They circled the block a few times, then gave up. We ran the three blocks back to our street and told our parents who obviously called the police.

I can still see the car, picture their faces, and remember every word of the conversation with the cop like it was yesterday. I am thoroughly convinced that they would have abducted, raped, and possibly killed us if they had managed to get us into the car.

Yeah, I'm a little overprotective with my kids, but I have good reason.

/100% true. Outside of the family, I've never told any of this to anyone other than my wife, and I can feel the waves of anxiety rise up in me as I type this.

Grow some balls, dude. Those guys probably just wanted to show you and your buddy how to be cool... you know.. smoking weed, drinking beer, etc. (TransAm/Camaro/Firebird proves this point). Sounds like you just were too scared to do anything manly.. and it's evident now.

Good luck with your future stripper/drug addict kids. It will be your own fault for sheltering them too much rather than letting them grow up like humans should.

Indubitably: *sigh*

I hear ya. It's truly depressing.


yeah, if TransAm/Camaro/Firebird don't say legit, I don't know what does.
 
2012-10-01 10:08:20 PM

FlippityFlap: Beanlet


I know.. Those brown peeple's scare me candies too.....


/Comprende?


Is it racist because I asked if they understood when I told them they could not have candy if they didn't have a costume? Or because I mentioned it here?

/mother is half Mexican
//husband is 1/4 Spanish
///kids are some sort of mixed mutt, but their biggest hunk of heritage is hispanic
////capiche? (or is that racist now too?)
 
2012-10-01 10:23:02 PM
1) Dear give me doughnuts: you and I clearly were neighbors, or lived the same childhood worlds apart. Hooray for both of us!

2) Dear Farkers: I highly recommend the writing of Bill Bryson (quoted in TFA), especially the stuff relating to his midcentury childhood in Des Moines ("Thunderbolt Kid"), or 1980s driving tour of the US after many years away in England ("The Lost Continent"). Laugh-out-loud funny they are, both to me and younger-generation relatives.
 
2012-10-01 10:29:09 PM
Wait...England is a developed country? I thought we had a big plan to overthrow their evil dictator and be greeted as liberators?

I mean, look at their teeth.
 
2012-10-01 10:29:53 PM

Sticky Hands: yeah, if TransAm/Camaro/Firebird don't say legit, I don't know what does.


I forgot to ask if they had mustaches... you know... because nothing says legit like a TransAm and a mustache.
 
2012-10-01 10:30:09 PM

joonyer: Wait...England is a developed country? I thought we had a big plan to overthrow their evil dictator and be greeted as liberators?

I mean, look at their teeth.


It's "teef," Mainlander, sheesh...
 
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