Ok, just a little little observation about the times and how they are a changing. Some of the best memories I have as a kid are sleeping out in the backyard. We would set our tents up during the day in the summer while our parents were at work then that night we would bring our comic books, sleeping bags, pop, chips, candy and playing cards and pile into the tent for the night. About 12:00 or 1:00am we would get bored and set out for some walks thru the neighborhood. Hoping thru backyards, walking down the middle of empty streets, heading to 7-11 for some refills on candy….it was a blast. Finally, we would crash back in the tent about 3:00am. I am pretty sure at least some of our parents knew we were gone but they were ok with that.
Now, we didn’t destroy things (sure, we may have egged a house or two) or steal anything. Anything we may have did was pretty minor. We just had fun being together and sleeping out (in the big city, you don’t get out to the country too much so this was our “adventure”).
Now, contrast that with today. No WAY am I letting my kids sleep out like that. Sure, they can sleep out but they better not leave the backyard. No way would I let them wander the neighborhood, especially if I still lived up in a suburb of Detroit. Not only would I fear for their safety from the perverts, drug dealers and crazies out there these days but also, today, “fun” is not so innocent. It’s more like setting cars on fire, breaking into homes, getting drunk and jumping girls. Not that I would think my kids would do anything like that, but the people who would do things like that are out there with them.
Isn’t it strange how times change so fast? When I talk about this, the time frame is the late 70′s early 80′s when I was a kid and sleeping out. Can you imagine your 10 or 12 year old out, walking the streets of your neighborhood at 1:00am these days?