Our next assignment is safety.  Fr. Peck puts it nicely – it is good but can be overdone.  Safety is important but, to quote John G. Shedd, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” Fair enough.  Some thoughts on safety:

-My work background is in law so my default is always liability, liability, liability.  That being said, I never thought about safety much until we had children – then it becomes an obsession.

-My own childhood – very enjoyable it was – included countless hours playing in the woods, often by myself.  Partly this was because I grew up in a very quiet area.  These days sending children to play in the woods is unthinkable due to crime and many other things.  However, many children are also so involved in activities that they don’t get the chance to just be children – this too is a problem.

-This seems off-topic but…get a receipt when you buy gas for the car.

-Looking for a cool party theme?  Make it a safety theme.  People can wear safety vests, goggles, helmets, and so forth.  Been there, done that – it is good fun.