Originally Posted by captain58sailin
The only constant is change. We used to play outside all day with nary an adult supervision with exception of hollering dinner time out the back door.
We had even more freedom than that. We'd go down the street and play whatever kind of softball game
we could scrounge together in an empty lot. We were allowed to ride our bikes a certain distance in any direction (based on staying away from heavy traffic streets). Just be home by dinner time.
While it was wonderfully free, when I was five and my sister 8 we were walking home from school
when a man tried to lure me to his car with candy. I had a sweet tooth the size of my head
and thought I could take the candy but not get in the car. My sister pulled me back and when we got home, my mom called the police.
Truth is we had too much freedom. We just hear about these incidents more now because media is so much more effective. We didn't have a TV until the following year (1951) and there was limited broadcasting -- no local news, for instance.
I wonder how many children that man approached. We'll never know.
That was one of a number of memories that caused me and my husband to go along with the much stricter rules for how much supervision children should have when we had our children.
Comparing sailboats to cars, boats have a markedly lower level of "government supervision" than cars do. I look at the two and wonder sometimes why people complain about boating
rules, when there really are so few in comparison to just about anything else on the planet.