Just as I was figuring out how best to start today’s post, a man without any footwear walked by my office window. He didn’t resemble a downtrodden chap who couldn’t afford shoes, nor did he come across as the type who had his loafers stolen by local delinquents. In fact, if I had to put money on it, I would wager that this guy actually chose to venture outside without shoes, sandals, socks or some other form of protective foot covering. Am I the only person who finds that a bit odd?
Onto another bit of strange news. This week, a local radio station personality advocated for Kingstonians to adopt Lenore Skenazy’s (author of Free Range Kids) proposed Take Our Children to the Park….And Leave Them There Day. Far be it for child-less me to tell people how to raise their young, but is this what it’s come to? When I was a kid, all I did was run around outside with my friends. From sun up until well after the street lights came on, there was plenty of trouble to be had, and many exclamations of boys will be boys. And that was back in the days of MTV, Nintendo, VHS, table hockey and Crystal Pepsi. Is today’s generation honestly that addicted to their iPods, Wii’s and Ritalin, or should parents be making more of an effort to encourage kids to unplug a few nights a week? I’d love some insight here from our parental readers. Will you be participating in Take Our Children to the Park….And Leave Them There Day on May 22nd?
Today’s fantastic photo by Nicolas Bettenburg captures a recent downpour in the Limestone City. Any idea where this is? Don’t forget to hug your mom this weekend.