Let me start off this post by saying that today's young parents are awesome. Because they are. And also because I don't want to hear Alec roll his eyeballs when I say what I'm going to say.
Anyway. School has started up again, so when Ken Cannon and I walk the dogs we see kids with backpacks on their way to class. We also see their parents. Lots and LOTS of parents. And that's a good thing, I know. They're concerned about safety and they want time to connect with their children.
But I can't help but think every time I see kids with so many adults that I'm glad I grew up when I did, i.e. back in the Stone Age when mothers shoved you out of the cave and then locked the cave door until dinner when you came home again. Kids had a whole lot of space to structure their own worlds with their own secret languages and landscapes and dramas.