Readers! Here’s a note from a North Carolina farm mom/ EMT-technician-in-training Stevie Taylor who blogs at ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com. She’s taking night school classes with the leaders of tomorrow. Such as they are. –L.
Dear Free-Range Kids: I was pleased to teach one of the college kids in class a lesson last week. He was asking fellow students for money to buy bottled water (which is $1.25 out of the vending machine!!!). I pointed to the sink that is in the classroom — we are in a medical class together — and the plastic cups that were stacked on top of the paper towel dispenser next tot he sink. “Why don’t you just get some water from the sink?”
“Out of the tap?!” he exclaimed, “I thought that was just for washing our hands.”
“Yes,” I assured him, “But it is all city water and you can drink it, too.”
“Well,” he worried, “no one said we could drink that water. Do you think it’s allowed?”
To answer him, I got up, got myself a cup out of the stack, filled it at the sink, sat down at my desk, and drank it. I didn’t get arrested and no alarms went off. So he got a cup of water and ever since then, more people in the class have been drinking tap water in cups instead of buying bottled water from the vending machine. Imagine a 24-year-old that has no concept of drinking water unless it’s packaged in plastic, and afraid to use a sink in a public classroom as if it were undrinkable or off-limits (even with cups stacked next to it!). This is what becomes of the kids that are not raised Free-Range!!!! — Stevie