For those that have been following my writing for a while, you know that I always have something to say about the new generation coming up in our world. I’ve said they are getting dumber, lazier, and lack the basic idea of “PLAY OUTSIDE!”
But there was something I saw the other day that restored my faith in kids today. It was something that made me say; “Now THAT is childhood, right there.”
So the other day, I was driving home after finishing my errands, when I noticed something in one of the cul-de-sac’s that I passed by. There was a group of kids, ranging from ages seven to nine, that were riding around on bikes and scooters.
But that wasn’t the end of it, because they were also jumping off of a handmade ramp. YES, you heard that right, a HANDMADE RAMP. And you know what I’m talking about; the ramps where you find a long, flat piece of wood and prop it up on a box or something sturdy to give you an incline. Then, you just RIDE OFF THE RAMP!
The problem with today’s kids though is, you don’t normally see this nowadays. You hardly ever see kids outside, let alone making things like a ramp. And normally, activities that could get a kid hurt like that are all organized. Kids just can’t be kids anymore.
You remember those days? The days when kids could be kids? They didn’t need all of these organized activities to keep them entertained. They were able to be entertained by PLAYING OUTSIDE and figuring it out.
And heaven forbid a kid getting hurt nowadays. Parents are breaking out the bubble wrap and plastic bubbles for just a scraped knee on the pavement.
If my kid got hurt doing something like this, I would be a PROUD father. I would help him get back on his feet, tell him “you’re alright, you’re alright,” pop a bandaid on him if there is a serious amount of blood, and send him back out there.
Honestly, we need to see more of this from today’s youth. We need more kids to explore the limits of what they can/can’t do. Don’t let them sit on their ass all day long, playing video games with their friends online when they live TWO HOUSES AWAY.
I mean, do you see something wrong with that? Playing video games with your friend online, in your own houses, at one o’clock in the afternoon on a Saturday? (But I digress)
So god bless these kids, and whatever their futures hold. They might be the last of a dying breed. They might be the only saving grace that the term “childhood” may have.
What do you think? Do you think kids need to be more like this? Or do you think kids need to be sheltered and shut-in from the outside world like a psychopath? Let me know in the comments below.