I wanted my kids to see the mountain playground I would go sledding at when I was a kid. The pavilion there has a big fireplace. People would bring some wood and get a fire going and anybody that got a little cold could warm themselves up. The old tire innertubes used to bounce down the hill behind the pavilion and there would be shrieks and delighted whooping cutting through the near frozen air. Kids would link together in "trains" to see how fast they could go. Spills and near collisions were all part of the day, and when you couldn't drag yourself up the hill anymore, we'd all pile in the back of Dad's pickup truck and try to catch a chilly nap on our tubes and sleds as Dad carefully geared his way down the mountain. We'd peel off our soaked and chilled clothes in front of the woodburning stove and stay there until all the feeling came back into fingers and toes. It was great.
But now...there's a sign at the hill that says you CAN'T do that anymore.
You gotta be kidding me.
I've accepted the fact that you can't put a bunch of kids in the back of a pickup (no car seats). It's no fun, but I get it.
I've accepted the thought of having helmets on when biking and sledding and skiing and anything else that involves speed or height to protect one's noggin.
What I can't accept is that all the good things about being a kid should be locked up and kept at arm's reach because, SOMEONE MIGHT GET HURT. I'm a daughter of a lawyer. I get the whole "avoiding liability" thing. I know health insurance companies would love it if the only activity people participated in was just enough gym workouts to stay healthy and out of the hospital. They love to make someone else pay the doctor bills if someone slips on ice, gets dowsed with hot coffee, or gets injured on equipment that was defective or not "used in an appropriate manner". I get all of that and it makes me sick.
LIFE is RISK! Just a little note to all the people who like to use the court system to get rich, SUCK IT UP! For the people that want everyone to live life as if all there was to do is sit on the couch and watch professionals have all the fun, GET OUTTA MY FACE! And for all you well-meaning but misguided principals that ban TAG from your schools, YOU WONDER WHY KIDS ARE BECOMING OBESE?! And for all the insurance adjustors out there GO JUMP IN THE LAKE! Finally, for all those county politicians that think they know what's good for everybody, GET YOUR OWN LIFE!
Common sense people! Be responsible for yourselves! If you don't want to take a risk, leave everybody else alone! I'll pay the doc if I decide to do something scary. That's the price I'm willing to pay if I want to do something fun. I'm not asking for someone else to take my lumps for me! Everybody needs to pay their own way right?
Okay. I'm done ranting on my soap box. Unless someone bans the use of soap boxes, then I may throw my soap box at him (just to make a point of course, not with intent to maim or injure).