Sunday, December 21, 2008

55 - Throwing children into the air

This image was taken from a collection about women and the different qualities they have. Displayed here is her innocence when a woman is in the form of a daughter.

Exactly. They're innocent. Why throw them in the air if children never asked for it? Why throw them in the air even if the child wants it?

It's dangerous because you don't know where the child will swing his/her arms while in the air and you don't know you will be able to catch the child. What if the child brings the hands close to his/her chest? Where are the armpits for you to safely bring him/her back down to Earth? Who are you to be so confident in your child-catching capabilities?

I never quite understood how parents can do this to their children. I think it's the thrill for the parent that makes it so popular. It's the adrenaline rush induced by the fact that the parent could potentially drop their child from a great height. It can be regarded as a challenge for the mom or dad, a sort of test of his/her ability to throw children, these weird-shaped little creatures, into the air, and catch them, a task that requires a fair amount of skill more than propelling a regular ball in the air and have it arrive back into your hands.

If kids really want to get a rush from going up and down in the air, save it for the rides at the amusement park, people.

10 comments:

Mulled Vine said...

Well I have to disagree here. I have two girls, and have on the occasion participated in this game. Its a lot of fun, nothing more. Sure I might have dropped them, but if we're going to live excessively safe lives then we risk not living at all.

Douglas said...

I agree with Mulled Vine. I used to toss my son into the air and he demanded it. I just made it a rule to stop if his head cracked the ceiling. Harmless fun.

Marcy said...

Yep. I've thrown my kids in the air. When they're toddlers, they like this kind of stuff -- that and spinning in circles. Fun.

Michael said...

Mulled Vine: Oh, dang. I wouldn't call it excessively safe, though.

Douglas: That's how accidents occur, though. There are ways of having fun that don't require so much altitude.

Marcy: Tossing them up and spinning them in circles can also make them vomit. I don't know. I know that I want to bring my future children out camping in the dangerous woods... but throwing them in the air... I don't know why that idea is so unnerving for me.

Marcy said...

Just wait until you have kids. You'll change your mind. My boy is a rough and tumble little kid. (They don't vomit when you spin them around, BTW. That's only if they've just eaten and there's no way I do it then.)

Toivoa ja Elämän said...

mmm never really thought about it, i wouldn't really have a huuge problem with it, it's fun, and there's always a little thrill in being temporarily free of gravity, what's life without a bit of risk? ;P
that said, children do need to be protected, but i don't think it would be thaaat bad.
on another point entirely, i was just looking at your profile and you have such a diverse music taste ;P
i was wondering if you have a last.fm account? if you don't, i recommend it, it's a music site where you get recommendations for music similar to that which you like, and shows you people with similar music taste etc, you can see how similar your music taste is with your friends etc, i love it ;P the address is www.last.fm
but yeah just an idea

Michael said...

Marcy: Hmm... It will be interesting to see how I feel in the future, and if I keep this blog up for that long to tell you.

Larissa: I like anything that's pretty mainstream. All those country songs that rappers may have heard of, all the pop songs that rockers may have listened to. I really like any genre of music, happy songs, sad songs, angry songs... I really enjoy the diversity.

I will think about www.last.fm, but for now, I'm still figuring out how to blog and handle real-life at the same time.

Hippie said...

My brother plays this game with my nephew. It unnerves me. My husband plays a mommy modified version with our daughter, he swings her up but doesn't completely let go; maybe an inch or two. But no room for her arms to come in or something so her can always catch her.

:)

Michael said...

Hippie: Ah, that makes me breathe a sigh of relief. :)

Carl said...

There are a lot of things kids never ask for but we do for them and to them. I was just throwing my two year old in the air and it has nothing to do with what I want but wanting him to have fun as he loves it. I hate you have such an awful view of why people do things.