What ever happened to being free and safe?

@bjbailey (114)
United States
June 28, 2008 2:49pm CST
I remember when I was a kid and could ride my bike down the street and didnt have to worry about someone coming up and grabbing me. Or walking to the store and didnt have to worry about getting robbed. I remember playing in the dirt and didnt worry about it making me sick. I remember being in the kitchen cooking with my mom and her teaching me how to wash dishes and didnt care if the floor got wet because it had to be mopped anyways. I remember having a big front porch and sitting out there through thunderstorms with my dad and brothers and sisters. It was fun to watch the lightening. I can go on and on but I wont. What do you remember as kids that was always fun?
3 responses
• United States
28 Jun 08
What memories they are! My favorite thing to do when I was in high school was to wait for my parents to fall asleep, push the car to the end of the block so they wouldn't hear it start, and go to South Beach. It wasn't the costly party place it is now; the majority of its residents werre elderly and on welfare. The huge shift in the ocean's floor here in southern Florida hadn't happened yet, so I would surf until sunrise, then sneak back home and get ready for school. Nobody else was around. There weren't even any lights in the area. I was not the least bit worried, because I knew Miami was a safe place. Eventually, I really couldn't take the abuse anymore, so I ran away. I stuck out my thumb and hitched rides until I got to New York City. Nobody ever bothered me and I never felt the least bit vulnerable. It was a while until I was old enough to get a job, so I lived on the subway, and nobody ever bothered me there, either. We desperately need that security back!
@bjbailey (114)
• United States
28 Jun 08
I fully aggree with the security being returned. But there has been so much taken away from us that our own kids and grandkids look at us with disbelief. I love to remember back the older I get and I remember all the bad stuff but I try to just remember the good and fun stuff. Dont get me wrong now that I look back we did have some of the bad things happening like insest and such. But it is such a dangerous place now and you can even sit on your front porch anymore because of the drive bys and stuff.
• United States
28 Jun 08
I am probably not as old as a lot of the people here on mylot, but I will say I do remember a few of those things that you had said. I remember walking up to the gas station not too far from my mom and dads house with my brother when we were younger to go get some milk or bread. I remember going outside to play in the yard while my mom was in the kitchen doing dishes. Going trick or treating with friends and family, walking around town with my younger brother and sister, doing so many things without a care in the world. Today, things seem to be very different. You can not allow your children to even cross the road anymore without you for fear that someone will try to pick them up. You can't allow a child to go out in the yard and play without an adult there with them. No offense, but there seem to be a great deal of pervs who pray on young children. I do not know why they all started coming around all at once. Back in the day, you would hear about missing children very rarely, but anymore its almost a daily event. The same thing goes about people and businesses becoming robbed. This world is nothing like it use to be and I don't believe it will get better. Either people will change or things will just keep getting worse.
@irishidid (8734)
• United States
28 Jun 08
I remember those things. I still watch lightening. I remember going miles and miles trick or treating with my friends and no adults. I also remember eating the candy, apples and homemade popcorn balls.