Date: Fri, 4 Oct 1996 09:03:14 -0400
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: New word? playdate
This is very different from my own growing up, where the kids left the house
in the morning and might not return home till dinner. Even though my kids are
10 an 12 now and we live in a very good suburb, my wife is uncomfortable if
she doesn't see the kids on the property every 15 minutes or so.
I live in the middle of hundreds of acres of woods and can't bear for my
child to be out of my sight while she is outside. But then I worry about
rattlesnakes, scorpions, fire ants, wild dogs, rabid raccoons, escaped
prisoners, . . . .
I think this has some economic basis given the size of families today with 1
or 2 children versus 4 or 6 40 years ago. In the past if something bad
happened to a child it was tragic, but there were other children to carry on.
This also explains how drug using yuppies are so hypocritically imposing
alcohol and tobacco restrictions on the upcoming generation which will
There was an interesting report on NPR last night about the means parents
employ to keep their children safe from car accidents and drugs. Their are
monitoring devices you can put in the car. The drug test performed on
stolen hair can tell the frequency and level of use! These devices are
indeed used by yuppies who used to be hippies.
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Office: Arts & Sciences 3-04
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu