2007-04-29 09:10 am (UTC)
Back in the 70's when we were kids that kind of thing was encouraged, and safe because parent's didn't sue if a kid fell of an broke an arm :)
And my dear friend, don't be lured by the squirrels. Wolves in cute fuzzy little bodies. EVIL :)
*cackle* Oh, you made my morning.
You're very right about the climbing, of course. I'm sure that's exactly why they closed it off. It's a shame though. The first words out of my youngest's mouth when he saw it were "Can I climb it?"
I think the only time you'd have to worry about squirrels acting like wolves would be if you happen to be a nut.
Point taken. I'll be on guard. ;-)
Ah, the old "When I was a kid...."
It is so true today. You can't do this or that because god forbid you got hurt! So you feel & scraped a knee? You had fun. Now we teach kids to stay inside & watch tv or play vid games because that is "safe" until they are so obese and out of shape thier bodies start hurting them. Bleeding is good - cleans out a wound and teachs kids boundaries. It reminds them that they can get hurt - they aren't invincible.
I can't wait to have camping trips in NYC just to tell the kids NO ELECTRONIC stuff - cell phones maybe - but no MP3 players, no handheld games, no electronic anything.... just because I am evil that way.
As for squirrels: evil little b@$t@rd$. Just watch "Open Seaon". :-) And they would be fine if PEOPLE STOPPED FEEDING THEM! They become so habituated with humans that they lose their fear of humans and then it is all over. (Not to mention that they learn that human are a food source.)
Ever since my kids were babies, I made it a rule for anyone who watched them not to make a big deal over any little scrape or bump. When we go to the park, I carry a little first aid kit in my bag and I usually go through the entire thing. The kids don't think it's a good day unless they're muddy, scratched, and bitten.
Man, I know about squirrels that are habituated to human feeding. If you go to Bok Tower Gardens up north of here, the squirrels will literally crawl up your leg and into your pockets to see if you're carrying nuts.
Muddy, scratched, & biten kids have ALL the fun!