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Ha! I'm scared of handheld fireworks (growing up with an overly-cautious mother + working in public health), but very funny post. I grew up in CT where fireworks were illegal and was shocked when I visited my sister in Ohio and saw kids, KIDS!, playing with them. Those midwestern states. Maybe that's why they have more kids (if they do) - need to have extras in case fireworks do them in.

Jarts? Never heard of them.


I would just like to point out how many THOUSANDS of people DIE every year as a result of improperly using CARS! But does anyone propose banning those? NOOOO. So why all the fuss over a few kids getting hurt? Is there any lesson about the dangers of fire as lasting as a third degree burn? I don't think so.


Yup, that's why my grandparents had 8 kids. Never know when you're going to lose a few. I do think though that all this is just a part of the whole safety hysteria that's overtaken everything. I wasn't a particularly adventurous kid but like almost everyone else our age I didn't wear a bike helmet, climbed trees, etc. Do parents let their kids do any of that anymore?

I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but it sometimes seems there's some secret Parents' Committee that just thinks up new safety laws, headed by the sort of people who tear apart their house for mold, make their kids dress like football players when riding a bike, never let their kids play with even fake looking toy guns, and duct tape their windows every time the Dept. of Homeland Security says 'Boo!' I mean, life isn't perfectly safe, and yeah, the most dangerous thing most people do is hop in their cars every day.

And jarts kick ass! Sharp, foot long darts you throw high in the air at a park. And they banned that!


I do agree with a lot of what you are saying. People are super-paranoid these days and don't allow kids any unstructured tree-climbing time.

Jarts -- reminds me of the scene in Garden State where the guy who made the dough off of silent velcro sends his flaming arrow high in the air to come down close to the launch site.

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