[LMB] OT Children and overkill - was Pre-adult sexuality

Pat Brimhall pbrimhall at tx.rr.com
Sun Jan 9 03:10:48 GMT 2011

When I was a pre-teen way back in the late 60's, we lived out in the
country, surrounded by sheep pasture.  There were 2 houses close to us, but
the nearest house with kids my age was 2 miles away.  It was not at all
uncommon on weekends or during the summer to take my horse and ride over to
the neighbors alone, or to pack a lunch and spend all day riding and playing
along a creek that cut through the pastures a mile away from the house.  Mom
didn't worry about us much, and figured I was safer on a horse than on a
bike or on foot.  I was definitely coached that if anyone in a car gave me
any trouble or was acting strange, I was to take off cross country on my
horse as fast as I could.  

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Subject: Re: [LMB] OT Children and overkill - was Pre-adult sexuality

> From: Laura Gallagher celticdragonfly at gmail.com

> No, they did not laugh. Yes, they took them seriously. They called me 
> to come pick her up. My attempts at telling them that she was on her 
> own there with my knowledge, she knew where her home was and what her 
> phone number was and was aware of how to deal with strangers and such, 
> did no good. Various hemming and hawing and well, she didn't do 
> anything wrong, but yes, people get concerned, and you know, there's 
> dangers out there, etc.
> Annoys me VERY much. We live in a quiet little suburban town, nowhere 
> near any scary dangerous areas. I mean, yes, dangers can happen 
> anywhere. But it's like the line from Nemo, where Marlin tells Dori he 
> promised nothing would ever happen to Nemo. "You can't let nothing 
> ever happen to him! Then nothing will ever happen to him."
> Laura

In the dim dark distant past when I was a kid, it was not only accepted but
expected that kids would roam the district, alone and unsupervised. We'd go
off to play and come home when it got dark. In fact, parents who never let
their kids leave home to go play with others were regarded as a bit strange.
There were no less dangers around, and these days we're more aware of
strategies to cope, and kids are taught what to do with stranger danger,

It depends on the child and the situation, but it does sound very over the

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