We need to have a thoroughgoing conversation about other hazards of childhood: helicopter parents, who can be called in for air support, producing extrinsically motivated young adults who can’t do their own laundry, climb mountains, or meet new people in a new city.
Of course it is a public good that a municipality should limit its liability. But that should be balanced with dialogue and inquiry into the likelihood of threats.
Originally posted on Awake & Witness:
This is a summer scene along the Harborway in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
My companion and I debated what we thought it might be. It turns out that it is called “The Wave.” It was created by artist Donna Hiebert. Its shape and size seems built exactly for the purpose to which these children are putting it to use.
It is located right next to a community playground, for godsakes.
Someone — or more likely, some entity — put up a sign (several signs, actually) around its perimeter. Not just any sign. A sign etched in granite.
Don’t do the very thing your heart leaps toward at the sight of this structure.
Don’t scale this whimsically shaped protrusion that provides the perfect amount of traction underneath the soul of…
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