Thinking about school and stuff today, I thought back to when I was in the 4th grade in Arkansas.
Things were so different then, it's like we were on a whole different planet in another dimension.
For instance, this one thing we did back then for fun during recess.
Behind our school was a 40' drop off into a chasm that used to be a stream. During the building of
the school they dug out rock and stuff and left this big rock slide area that started at the grounds and
went into this deep gorge. Now I don't know who thought this up but it had been going for years, because the
two car hoods we used were from the 40's.
Someone had removed these hoods from the cars and dragged them up to the school at sometime and
attached ropes to the front of the hoods. Someone then brought up some old pillows and placed them
on the inside of the car hoods. So what you would do is go down in to the gorge and grab one of these
hoods (with about 5 other guys) and drag it up the hill. Then two of you would get on it and sit on the
pillows and hang on to the ropes. Then some guys would push you over the edge and down you go!
We would do this over and over. Many times we would fall off and get all scraped up and have to go see
the nurse. It wasn't unusual to see three or four guys in the nurses office after recess, getting band-aids
put on. There was this one time when two of my friends got on the old brown one and we pushed them over,
but about halfway down, thud! They hit one of the rocks that jutted out from the bank. Both of them were
launched over the front of the hood onto the rocks below. They were pretty banged up, so we took them to
the nurses station and she bandaged them, and back to class they went.
Sometimes there were up to ten guys running around in the class and school with band-aids and bandages on.
But, at no time were we ever told to stop riding the hoods. Our parents didn't throw a fit about it either. It was
just kids being kids.
Today, the schools have taken out a lot of the playground equipment here because they deem it dangerous, and
don't want to be sued when a child is hurt on it. They won't let the kids play certain ball games because they
might get hit in the head with a big rubber ball and get brain damage. True. But here is something I don't
understand at all. They let the kids ride in a shoolbus without seat belts. Figure that one out.