Thought I would take a quick break from the birds and throw out a recent observation before I forgot it. Having recently had a birthday, my memory is starting to feel the ages. Unfortunately, with the self imposed graphic requirements I had to whip some appropriate image up first. Pretty embarrassing effort, to be honest, but it’ll serve the purpose. Enough rambling, on to the observation.
While coming home from visiting my parents last weekend I was surprised by incident that has not happened to me for at least 10 to 15 years. Actually, I can’t remember it happening since back in my college days when I was driving to my summer job at the Post Office. The reason I remember back that far is I left for work in the late afternoon (night casual so I worked most of the night until ALL the day’s mail was ready for delivery the next day). Inevitably, when exiting the subdivision at that time I would see kids out in the driveways and yards engaged in a number of sports usually involving some form of a ball. Almost every day, I was forced to slow down or brake to avoid one of those balls that had made its way into the street. Actually it wasn’t so much the ball that caused the braking, but the overzealous kid that was hotly pursuing the mishandled ball.
Well, guess what? As Linda and I were heading out of the neighborhood, a basketball came rolling out from a driveway directly into the car’s path. Sure enough, a kid was on his way to retrieve it. As I braked, the kid noticed the car and stopped in his tracks. Immediately, it occurred to me how rare this scene was these days. Children actually getting off the coach, directly interacting with friends and getting some physical activity. During my childhood (wow, am I feeling old) we were out every day we could, playing baseball in the in the court, playing around-the-world/horse/21/teams on the driveway hoops (and yes, everyone boy had a hoop in his driveway), Wiffle ball (actually Indian Ball since the yard was not big enough to run bases) in a local yard or if we were lucky enough to get 5 or more inches of snow the always fun tackle Nerf football in the street.
Now, there is a definite benefit in today’s console generation. In my day there were some injuries to be had. I will not even start detailing my injuries and scars, but they healed. To be honest today, it is pretty hard to get hurt on the couch and I hardly think controller thumb is a real injury. So, in essence the electronic game industry has made our kids safer.
The question I ask, is FATTER an appropriate substitute for SAFER? I know my answer, and looking forward to the next time I can strap on the snowboard and ride that edge.