Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Danger, danger, danger, Will Robinson!

This morning while we were out walking, we saw an old Wonder Horse on someone's front lawn. So we talked about the Wonder Horses of Our Youth and how much we loved them even though it's like they were designed to maim young children on purpose. You know. With the springs. And the height from the ground. And also the bounciness which could pitch vigorous riders straight into the family room wall. FLY ME TO THE MOON, BABY! Now, of course, safety is a huge issue, which is good. OBV. But sometimes I think we're like that robot on LOST IN SPACE that went around flapping its robot arms and crying, "Danger! Danger! Danger!" Sometimes I think the message we give is WHATEVER YOU DO, KIDS, DON'T MOVE! BECAUSE LIFE WILL KILL YOU! Anyway. I might write a column about this. Can you think of other toys from the 50's and 60's that were good at maiming children?

4 comments:

Anne Holman said...

A little later but remember Clackers from the '70s? They were soon banned and man, were they fun.

Dianna said...

I remember when they took the see-saw and the merry-go-round out of our local park. I was devastated.

Alyosha said...

I just read a great article in the NYT about the baby industry. Toys and equipment are banned when 2-3 children a year die from them.

K Ripley said...

My favorite was the witch's hat old playground equipment. Every day at recess someone would spin me around on that until I thought I was going to fly off into the sky.

Lots of bruises, many skinned knees and elbows -- the feeling of flying was worth it all.