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January 22, 2014

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Marja-Leena

Glad you are having a good time, between grandparently duties and some reading and relaxation!

Our girls always walked to and from school (maybe 10-15 minutes each way) but so many of their friends were driven - and this a safe neighbourhood, not the downtown.

barbara

I have noticed that overdone care by mothers and fathers toward their children. The children are so organized they hardly have time for a private thought!

wisewebwoman

I would surely love to pull up a chair at your table and attack that dinner :)

XO
WWW

Hattie

Marja-Leena: The custom seems to have changed sometime in the 80's. People feared their children would be abducted. I think these days parents are not taking their relationships with children for granted and are perhaps hyper-vigilant.
Barbara: They are very busy, and their parents are too. At least in my family, we simply were not so busy.
WWW: They ate every bite. The lamb was especially good:lean and with a good flavor.

Brandon

"The custom seems to have changed sometime in the 80's. People feared their children would be abducted. I think these days parents are not taking their relationships with children for granted and are perhaps hyper-vigilant."

The abduction scare: pictures of missing children on milk cartons, "stranger danger" cartoons, etc.

Hattie

Brandon: Precisely. That was in the mid 80's, right after we came back from Switzerland. It struck me as loony.

Toni

Your dinner sounds so good. Better than my veggie stir-fry.

Hattie

Toni: Well, you are such a good cook, so you could cook up something great for yourself!

janinsanfran

I know parents who faced great criticism from peers for letting their kids go to an urban park unescorted. The kids are now teens and seem no more disturbed and possibly less so than their cohort. It is hard to know whether cities are really as dangerous as we are taught to act, but I am sure glad I ran riot outside as a kid.

Hattie

People had different attitudes then, for sure. I was a big girl and taking the streetcar to school from the age of five.

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