Readers: Notes from a Culture Gone Crazy, Part 9278:
Dear Free-Range Kids: Tonight we attended our local town holiday parade. What could be betterÂ for kids? The kids were all screaming and shouting for beads, candy canes, candy, and random other loot. The first group to pass our spot handed ourÂ boys a few candy canes. Beads and Tootsie Rolls were whizzing past ourÂ heads.Â The next group HANDED each kid another candy cane while other candyÂ flew past with amazing speed, tossed by small children up high on theÂ floats. Then more HANDING out of the candy-canes.
Finally, I was told that itÂ was against the parade rules to “throw” candy-canes as someone could getÂ hurt. Beads and packs of M&Ms apparently can not harm a child as much,Â so they were in the “safe to throw” category.
Another parade member passed by and said, Â “Candy-canes could poke out an eyeÂ so we have to hand them out.”
This was even worse than the “snowball festival” from last weekend where aÂ mother suggested to me that next year they set up targets for the kids toÂ throw the snowballs at because it was far too dangerous to throw them atÂ each other. Â AGHHHHH! –Â Laurie Reed