Of course, you’d have to fish them out of the deep crevice of the backseat cushion where they often came to rest, unwanted and ignored.The only “click” heard in the 1970s automobile was your dad’s Bic lighting up a smoke with the windows rolled up. ) I should also mention that, not only were there no seat belts, child seats were nowhere to be found.
According to the New York Times we are making playgrounds so safe that they actually stunt our kids’ development.Whether it was the front seat of your mom’s station wagon or her bicycle, chances are, you were entirely untethered. Sure, there was a pretty good chance you’d be scalded by a hot metal slide, or walk away with tetanus, but that’s what memories are made of.The ground wasn’t coated with soft recycled rubber or sand as most are today – they were asphalt.It’s not that they cared less – they just didn’t worry compulsively about it.Parents of 2014 need to be reminded of how less restricted, less supervised, less obsessively safety-conscious things were… Can your mind comprehend a more deadly toy than a weighted spear that kids hurl through the air like a missile? If they happened to land in your skull, well, then you should have moved.
Remember being hurled from a spinning merry-go-round, then skidding across the gravel at full speed? I remember my school playground had a metal ladder “wall” that I swear went up three stories – it didn’t connect to a slide or anything. I remember fully believing the oxygen was thinner at the top.One false move and I’d have been a flesh colored stain on the asphalt.Goodbye Jart – you were an impaling arrow of death, but I loved you anyway.Cars came with seat belts in the 1970s, but no one used them except maybe out of curiosity to see what it was like to wear one.No one ever obeyed the actual manufacturer’s rules, we just flung these damn things everywhere. After roughly 6,700 emergency-room visits and the deaths of three children between 19, they finally outlawed Jarts on December 19, 1988.I suppose it needed to be banned, but a part of me is sad that kids today won’t have the battle scars and Jart survival stories we had.