The things I see while driving to work on US23…
I have been many things in my life, but “prude” is generally not one of them. I may be modest according to today’s standards, where apparently it’s OK for drag queens to read stories to children while wearing wigs, makeup and a little more than a strip of Saran Wrap over their bits, but I grew up in automotive shops around technicians. Salty language and plenty of sexual innuendo, I get. Gender bending, not so much.
Having pervs hang out with kids…again not so much. I probably would have been terrified by Drag Queen Story Hour as a child. I was terrified of everyone- with the exception of a precious few blood relatives- when I was a child. Then again, I could read for myself.
I sought out quiet corners of the library to read on my own at my own pace, and if anyone even thought of touching me at all, in any kind of way, I would have screamed like a banchee. It was my only defense. The library was a safe place because it was public, (so my sisters and other kids couldn’t torment me there) quiet, and people left me alone. As far as I was concerned when I was a child, all touching was bad touching. I realize not all kids are hypersensitive to physical touch, but any pedophile who would have dared to try anything with me – and they probably would not have been able to get close enough- would have either slit my throat quickly, or dropped and ran quickly because there would have been blood curdling screams.
I know not everyone who likes to do drag is necessarily a perv, but why confuse kids? Maybe I am speaking from my own childhood, which was a hot mess to put it mildly- more like the seventh circle of hell from Dante’s Inferno to be more accurate, but I think it’s on the adults to make sure kids have some sort of reason and stability. It would also be helpful to teach kids critical thinking and logic skills, but maybe that’s too much to ask from the Tide Pod eating generation.
As a parent, it’s not always prudent to trust your kids with other adults. I played hell trusting my son with anyone. My son made it a lot easier in some ways as he was always very outspoken and he is very good at reading people. If he was creeped out by someone then I could be confident that he was usually right. My default is distrust. I am not a trusting soul by any stretch.
I am glad that the hottest month of the year is behind me. July in Ohio brings out the Scantily Clad Large People.
I don’t know what is worse, fat dudes in Speedos or the Daisy Duke crowd.
I have neighbors around me with pools. It’s scary.