It should be noted that this week’s editorial is being written on a gloriously sunny, if not a bit warm, day in Dundas County.
It’s the type of day when everyone who can should be out and making the most of it, especially in this season of torrential rain.
The brightness brings to mind a time, not long ago, when smothering parents and silly (and scared) politicians were simply brushed off when it came to their preoccupations.
It was then that adventure gave way to risk, a glint of danger, and a sense of learning while doing.
In the summer (or all seasons, really), laughter, cheers and an overwhelming amount of noise could be heard from kids as they played street hockey and sometimes other sports on neighbourhood roads.
Sometimes these games would go on long after sundown, when the illuminating streetlights lit the playing area.
After this, they’d be summoned home by parents, cutting along sidewalks and through backyards to get there.
In too many cases these days, the roadways are lacking that familiar scene. Cautious moms and dads have pulled the drawstring on fun, and liability-averse politicians, with their nervous stares, are no better.
Having once happily played outside their homes and nearby greenspaces, kids are now driven to organized activities, set to a predetermined rhythm.
The endless programming is churning out robots of consistency, and children lacking social skills or a sense of adventure.
What’s worse, sometimes children just end up inside on a beautiful summer day, staring endlessly at a television or computer screen.
It is outdoors where some of life’s greatest lessons are learned, and it is getting outdoors that should be encouraged.
There is inherent danger in everything we do, sure. Though coddling does more harm than good.
If your kids want to play street hockey, teach them to respect oncoming traffic and to ensure they are clear of any associated risk.
Scraped knees, bruises, and broken bones are a part of growing up.
It is life.
Let the kids play.