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The Lonely Refrigerator
May 25, 2017
Just a thought about a cultural artifact:
Dear Free-Range Kids: As I walked my dog this evening, I saw that my neighbors had placed an old refrigerator on their lawn with a “free” sign attached to it. At first I thought, “Those doors need to be removed!” or “Those doors need to be chained shut!” I grew up in the 1970s and have clear memories of being told stories of kids climbing into broken refrigerators and not being able to get out — only to later be found dead inside.
But then I realized this is 2017 and NO ONE is letting their kid roam around outside alone, so there is 0.0% chance of that tragedy happening.
Sometimes things, like the rain forest, disappear without us even noticing until it is almost too late.
That’s what is happening to unstructured, unsupervised time in childhood. Thanks, Ellen, for the chilling reminder. – L