Posted On: Wednesday - September 23rd 2020 5:26PM MST
In Topics:   Kung Flu Stupidity
It's lucky number 13! Really, this post will be more upbeat, with none of the Curmudgeonry contained in all the other 12 of the series. It's been since September 7th that we posted the last one.
We were at the park in some of the nicest weather in a long time. There must have been 25 kids at a time, with lots coming and going over the total time period, with parents, friends of parents, black guys playing b-ball, and an older guy with a small dog, who the kids got a chance to pet. There was not a single face diaper in sight. I mean, not even stowed under the chin, and this was over a 2 hour period. Even the 70-odd y/o guy was without one, and the same with his little dog Toto too.
Adults weren't doing any of that jive either, so this park looked like it would have on a same nice day last year. (There's always the social distancing that Moms do from whomever they consider "creepy", but nobody was creepy there, I guess.) I don't know what social distancing means for kids, but they haven't been doing it since this Kung Flu Panic-fest started anyway.
Speaking of that, 4 or 5 boys were playing a social distancing game of some sorts, using pine branches to keep each other from getting somewhere on the playground equipment. These were the 6-9 y/o's who are too old to enjoy the playground equipment doing what it's designed for. Some of these branches were a good 2" in diameter and say, 2' long, so I was very surprised none of the Moms intervened. They are real Debbie Downers sometimes regarding sticks and rocks. I don't sweat it, myself - you can't fight evolution.
Nobody was hitting anybody, amazingly, but still, when a couple of the kids went to talk to their Moms, and they still had the sticks afterwards, I was very surprised. (I was too far away to hear.) Are the Moms mellowing out after all the hysteria? Perhaps it's hysteria overload, causing an opposite reaction. Maybe after such an obvious false alarm about Black Plague 2.0, they don't even believe that "sticks and stones" adage anymore*.
Let's hope that this time at the park was a harbinger of things to come. It did just turn to Fall, yesterday in fact, so we could at least say the Summer re-Panic is over.
* at least the 1st part. The 2nd part has long become erroneous as words CAN hurt you, apparently, from what I've seen on a thousand SJWs' tweets.