In the past number of days, common sense appears to have flown out the window, as municipalities in various parts of Canada have been slapping up by-law signs, forbidding residents to participate in the activity of tobogganing.
What’s that you say?
I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t Canada that amazing free-thinking country where people embrace winter & bask in the glory of winter sports? Ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, & yes, the ever dangerous sport of tobogganing.
Strike the last one from the list!
Children & adults alike are no longer permitted to experience the sheer joy one feels from flying down a snow filled hill, at least not without the fear of having big fat fine slapped to their sled!
Gone are the days where children of all ages suit up in the cold of winter, bravely risking life & limb to take to the hills for a little fun. Outside. Breathing in the fresh air. Exerting themselves as they excitedly resolve to climb the hill for one more run.
Not on our phones, not in front of our televisions. Just honest to goodness old-fashioned fun shared together with family & good friends.
Can tobogganing be dangerous? Absolutely.
Have people been hurt while engaging in this fun sport? Of course.
I don’t wish to diminish the severity of a head injury or the concern that one can get hurt while participating in activity that requires some good sound judgement, but why are we passing bylaws that take away our children’s right to play?
Is the best course of action to raise future generations believing that living in a bubble is the best solution to the problem?
I, for one, think this is absolutely ridiculous.
Call me reckless & wild, but as recent as this past weekend, you could find me & my rebellious group of friends careening down a hill, on a little blue plastic saucer, practically peeing our pants from laughing so hard!
For those few precious moments, standing under the moonlit night, we remembered how much fun it was to be a kid!
I dare to ask if generations to come will experience that same nostalgic feeling?
I can only hope that common sense will prevail.