It has been years since I saw a spider on a windshield from a driver's head hitting it.
Back then, every guy got a car when he turned 16. Mandatory car insurance pretty much ended that.
More guys, though, live to see 18 these days.
I remember buying cigarettes at 15. Most store clerks did not care. A sale was a sale. Today they card everyone, including grandfathers.
No wonder so few kids smoke.
At 18, I could drink legally. Today's kids must wait until they are 21. This does cut down on alcoholism, I suppose.
Now adults are attacking school lunches.
Peanut butter was an early target. A few children are allergic to peanuts and we must protect them even if it means no one else gets a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
But the food police are preparing to ramp up their patrols of the school cafeterias of America.
In Washington, a group wants to ban chocolate milk.
The federal government may ban ketchup at school. Too salty. Mustard and mayonnaise will be next.
In fact, the federal government wants to set the menus for all the schools in the United States in the name of healthy eating.
Do not even think of bringing in a lunch from home, as schools are beginning to ban those.
Every single one of these things makes childhood safer, but every single one also seems to make childhood much less fun.
We are not morons. We do not change things just to change them.
We have reasons for supervising every waking hour of a child's life.
But the unintended consequence may be the creation of a society of complacent people who expect to be protected from any risk 24 hours a day.
In my house, we call such creatures "pets."