Monday, August 19, 2019

History of Childhood

Life in the pen, 1066

Think nothing ever changes?  This is a sweet human-interest story about Wayne Malley, now 58, who remembers the day he got lost at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto when he was five.

Except the story goes on to say that he was one of 356 kids who became lost at the CNE that day, and that one day in 1958 1624 kids went missing. Today: maybe 5 or ten.

In 1966 there was a kind of holding pen where the lost kids were held, weeping and waiting.  Wayne was inside the wire about half an hour before his parents (and five siblings) turned up. “I don’t think we’ve ever had any cases where the parents didn’t eventually show up,” said the woman in charge of comforting the kids in the pen.

Okay, joke about helicopter parents and feral children, and all that.  But there have been some huge societal changes about parenting since the 1960s, no?  Things do not remain the same.
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