We had the “baby boomers”, then “Generation X”, then “Generation Y”… I think today’s crop of kiddies should be called “Generation Bubble Wrap” (or “Generation BW”). It appalls me how ridiculously over protective parents are these days. Surprisingly enough, I even have a couple of examples :-p
In an elevator today, I rode up with a woman and her small child. Of course, the child naturally wants to push the button for the floor, so Mom says “push 5”. The child reaches out and Mom shrieks “NO!!! Don’t use your finger, use your elbow!” ROFL Really? It was one of the hardest things for me not to bust up and ridicule the woman. So, I’m doing it here instead. As I mentioned in my Quick! Santiize That! posting, immune systems are wonderful things, but they need exercise. This poor kid is probably kept drenched in hand sanitizer 24×7 based on Mom’s response. I predict the kid will grow up needing therapy for obsessive compulsion disorders like constant hand-washing, and will probably die an early death by her poor body being attacked by some small bacteria that manages to get through, which MY generation wouldn’t even notice because we actually have an immune system. Do you remember the ending to War of the Worlds? That’s how the aliens died.
Last week, my wife and I were watching HouseHunters (or something similar) on TV. If you haven’t seen the show, the format is that some person or couple is shown 3 houses (on camera, who knows how many they really see), and then they decide between them. The heart-palpitating fun for the viewers is to try to guess which one they are going to pick. It’s seriously nail-biting stuff, folks. Anyhow, I digress… This couple was looking at the 3 homes and comparing the pros/cons. There was one house in the group which met all of their requirements wonderfully, but they didn’t get it because it had a couple of stairs (split-level), and (gasp) sharp corners on things (fireplace, breakfast bar, etc), and they were worried about their child. We had to hit pause, look at each other and say “Really? What complete morons”. I mean sure, I can see that you might want to avoid a house with a large 200ft unfenced sink-hole right in the middle of the back yard, but come ON now. Short of wrapping little Tommy in bubble wrap after dressing him in the morning, the kid really needs to learn to be careful not to run into things, not to touch hot stoves, etc, etc. What’s the best way to learn? Experience. Do it once, it hurts, and the kid doesn’t do it again.
From checking around with other old farts in my generation, it seems to be fairly common that we weren’t molly-coddled as kids. We’re pretty healthy adults as a result, and the amazing thing is that most of us have both of our eyes, most of our fingers, limbs, etc.
On the other hand, when I think about it from a survival angle, I guess I’m glad that this generation will be such wimpy losers. I’ll never have to worry about getting mugged by young thugs when I’m pushing my walker down the street. I’ll just sneeze and that’ll send them shrieking and running, Purell bottles a-pumpin’