Then And Now
I grew up in northeastern Kentucky in the mid 50's/early 60's..
We never locked our doors. The worst thing that happened was the neighbor kids "broke in (aka opened the door)" to our ba
Sadly, that doesn't happen much today without an attorney. And rarely is the exchange made cheerfully.
We stayed out after dark to catch lightning bugs, We had about a four block radius to play in, because that's how far away we could be and still hear our moms' calls to come in. We played wiffle-ball, hide and seek, truth or dare, and yes spin the bottle a few times. OMG! SEX! Yes, we discussed it a LOT. Our dogs could run and play with us, no leash or scooper laws. Our dogs would never attack our friends.
Actually it was too hot to stay inside in the summers and nobody had air-conditioning. We'd never heard of bike helmets or seat belts. We rode to the country in the back of Dad's pickup and had a blast, as we used to say.
My one juvenile delinquent act was setting off firecrackers on the patio and looking up to see a police car watching us. We got off with a warning, lol, but I was terrified I'd go to jail!
It was a different world by 1979 when my son was born, and all the restrictions made life less fun for him than it had been for me. When my son had an argument with the neighbor's kid who threw glass in our pool, we were told to "prove it." We videotaped the little brat, and they STILL denied responsibility. Where was youtube when we needed it??? He got a friend of his to give him a Rottweiler puppy, who became my second baby and wouldn't hurt a soul, but I found out years later my son wanted him for protection and couldn't use him for that.
Maybe we were naive, but bad things happened then too. Three murders in approximately twenty-five years. For this part of KY that was BAD. But we didn't dwell on them, and comment ad nauseum, and write out our death wishes for the killers in letters to the editor of the local paper, much less post them on the internet, for the world to read. Even if the internet had existed then, we just wouldn't have done something like that.
When I was a kid, and believed the propaganda, I was a proud American.
When I finally grew up and saw what the world has become, and what our role is in it, I'm ashamed. We are proving ourselves to be the stupidest generation yet. And yet, I know for a fact we're not.
It seems we want to kill everyone who offends us. There is so much hate and prejudice in chat rooms and on message boards. We HAVE to get past this fiction of "closure," and raise our children the way we think is best for them, even if it means letting them go.
If your child is murdered, do you really believe a thousand executions will wipe that away? They won't. Do you really want another human being executed in the name of your child? I don't.
Yes I'm a bleeding heart liberal. But I really do care about all of you out there. Even if you hate me, and don't approve of the way I raised my child, ( I didn't hit him, ever.) Please just listen, we are so screwed up. And we might be the last ones to know just how much.