There’s a little pedestrian bridge in Cos Cob, built decades ago and still used today by kids and parents to cross a small creek to get to the school. Still used, that is, until recently, when a mommy complained to the authorities that the bridge was too narrow “and could get slippery”. The town, as is its wont, shut it down.
I don’t know which is more annoying, the town’s reaction, when the proper response would have been, “lady, you think the bridge is dangerous, don’t use it”, or the mommy herself who, observing a “put your eye out” hazard, insisted that no one use it.
To me, it’s the same crazed, interfering thinking that sees bans on Happy Meals because some parents don’t want their kids eating them and, rather than just avoid feeding their precious tots chicken nuggets, demand that the chain stop giving them out to anyone else.
And seat belts and bicycle helmets and sledding and jungle gyms – and and and. When did we turn into a nation of such whiny cowards, and when did we give the whimps complete power over the rest of us?