MOM WOULD HAVE CUT THIS ONE OUT
ARTICLE WOULD BE ON MY DRESSER
This story made me recall my mother's scare tactics. Mom used to cut out articles from the paper of kids getting abducted or hit by cars. Seriously. She'd leave them on my dresser.
God bless her. The intent was to show us that she wasn't making things up. You know, she said what all mom's say from time to time:
"Drivers can't see you when you dart out between cars."
"You can't wear dark clothes like that and ride your bike at night."
"If you wander away, you can disappear. Children get stolen."
I understand now why my mom worried so much. Having a child of my own it all becomes clear. Every moment of every day a pot simmers on the back burner of the brain. It's a bubbling stew of all the million things that could bring harm to your child.
I never understood how this could be, but today I'd gladly break an arm to spare my daughter the pain of a sliver. It's indescribable how much you can love and care about another person.
As a child, I guess that just made no sense. Despite that, the articles on the dresser are still funny. It's the first thing I thought of when this story out of Madison came out. It's about a guy who got run over by a truck and came out okay, saved by his bike helmet.
If we'd worn helmets at the time, which kids really didn't then, this article and accompanying picture would have certainly found its way to my dresser the following morning. Moms and dads, feel free to execute the modern day equivalent; email a link to this blog to your children.
emails welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture is from the Capitol Times in Mad-town.