It may SEEM hard to create a community of kids zooming around, in and out of houses, having an old-fashioned childhood. But all it takes is -- this!
Dear Let Grow: I have to tell you my daughter's amazing Free Range afternoon here in Deerfield, IL. So, we've had the WORST weather this April and no one has really been outside. Today is a balmy 42, but SUN is finally out! (It snowed all day yesterday!)
So our neighbor rang the doorbell about an hour ago, and was just on a walk around the block by herself. She is also in 1st grade, like my daughter, Noa. It happened to be her friend Emily's first time walking around the block herself. I asked Noa if she wanted to go with Emily, and off they went.
They probably stopped by 8 houses visiting different people they knew and were off playing for awhile. I kept getting texts that Noa was over there visiting, and people commenting how fun it was that they just stopped over. It just made me so happy! This was how I grew up too! Could this actually be happening?So, I think the tide is turning, I really do. And I thought you would like this story, because I think this afternoon could've gone a totally different way. I could've invited Emily in to play, the girls would've had fun, but it wouldn't have been an adventure. But when I answered the door, looked outside, and saw **NO PARENT** accompanying her, I was like, OMG. YAY! This is it! Noa, you're going with her!.Congratulations on the Utah law, would love if someone could sponsor a bill like that in IL!.Anyways, take care! -- Dana Blumberg