Beginning in 2014, all new cars will be required by federal law to have a back-up camera. This latest attempt by the United State’s government to legislate care of her citizens from cradle to the grave was initiated not by the current regime, but by–wait for it–George W., back in 2007.
It seems that about three hundred kids are now squashed each year (mostly by their parents) by cars in reverse.
I am perplexed by this. Three hundred kids–and apparently thousands more injured under similar circumstances. What does mean in evolutionary terms?
I don’t remember the need to be so protected when I was a kid. I had no helmet when I rode my bicycle (which explains some things, I know). I had no pads for my homemade skateboard, which was made by cutting the wheels off a roller skate and nailing them to a two by four pine board. We had no seat belts, but we did have a big metal dashboard that worked quite well in a quick stop.
Back-up camera? Not needed. My daddy simply said “Move, son.” If I didn’t, I quickly learned why.
I did have a dog that could have benefited from a back-up camera. Old Snoopy was as good a dog as any kid could hope for, but he wasn’t so attentive to “Move!”
My mom was backing out of the carport one day. “Watch out for the dog,” I said. “Move!” I said.
Neither one paid me any attention.
“Stop!” I said.
And mom did. Right on top of my dog.
“Back-up. Go forward. Do something,” I said. “You’re on the dog.”
My poor, panic-stricken mom pulled forward. Old Snoopy yelped some, but he was not seriously injured.
Funny thing, though. He never had any problem knowing what “Move” meant from that day forward.
Surely children have that potential. Don’t they?