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Trapping Children Indoors
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kengr From: kengr Date: August 4th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the late 50s, I was was restricted from crossing the street until round age 4. After that, I was allowed to wander for several blocks to play with neighbor kids, including being out *well* after dark a few times in the summer.

Walked 6 blocks to school for fitrst grade, 10 for second and third. And almost a mile for swimming and gymnastics lessons.

The fact that I couldn't ride a bike limited me until I was in 4th or 5th grade, when I finally picked it up.

By 4th grade I was walking 2 miles to school. And wandering several miles thru the woods and down by the river.

By junior high I was ranging a dozen or more miles on my bike. (that'd be late 60s)

In the late 70s, a friend got the cops called on her when we were at a restaurant and her son was being a pill, so she had him go out to her car. Which was parked 6 feet from our table.

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