A reader writes:
Dear Lenore: My ex father in law is in the hospital. Yesterday we went to a park in Hackensack [NJ] and Elizabeth 6 was having fun and I was cold so I was sitting in the car watching sort of. Elizabeth knew she could come to the car anytime. I looked up and a police officer was talking to Elizabeth.
I took a deep breath and got out and let the officer know that I was watching and with her the whole time. Heart racing. I got the happiest most shocking response. The officer said that the force patrols the park frequently. Children who look under 10 he questions to make sure they are well taken care of and such. As long as they don’t seem under distress know their address have a way to get home and know their phone number and are dressed for the season, that’s it.
The officer smiled at me and said that I must be from a more wealthy area where the police are bored and looking for trouble.
Then he said something that I found shocking. He suggested I read your website and that children need freedom. And then he walked away.
And so, society begins to change.