Well, okay, I've BEEN having a few moments and now I must express myself and get this off my chest so that I can go back to obsessing over my own failures, which is what I normally spend my time doing.
Here's the thing: the nice weather has arrived and I see more and more kids on the roads on bikes, biking to school or for fun or with friends.
It breaks my heart how few of them are wearing helmets.
I know, I know, a lot of people just hit the delete button but just in case you're still with me, I have to tell you that I worked for four years in my Life Before Children for Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, raising money for people with disabilities. Many of the people I was trying to help were people with head injuries that caused permanent loss of faculties-- both physical and mental. It changed my life forever. I just can't see kids riding around without helmets without thinking of the kids I saw who will never ride a bike again. Who will never take another step unassisted. Who can't form sentences or grasp a fork.
It's a pretty simple thing, wearing a helmet. There are agencies that give them away to kids whose parents can't afford them. Any kind of protection is better than none --even those fairly useless-looking Army helmet things. Because anything that puts a layer of something between your child's head and the concrete on which he or she is riding will help protect that precious brain.
My own children have to wear helmets any time they ride anything with wheels (and skis, actually) and so well have I indoctrinated them, when they see someone without a helmet, they always say, "That person must not be very smart." We keep extra helmets in case we have visitors who want to go for a ride. We are SERIOUS about helmets.
I just can't let another day go by watching kids riding their bikes completely unprotected without saying something --y'all, ESPECIALLY given the drivers up here in New York.
I was going to add a YouTube clip here about bike/helmet safety but after watching three or four of them and deeming them too violent and gory, I had to stop searching and go throw up.
Please. No Helmet: No Ride.
What could possibly be more beautiful?