The Supervisors

Children at parks and playgrounds should be supervised.

What do you think of first when you read those words?

A parent watching from a nearby bench? An older sibling or friend playing nearby? A teacher running out of numbers counting bodies in motion?

These are all good things. Today I want to present another option. It only applies in small towns.

At this particular park – maintained by a local civic organization and featuring a baseball diamond – the neighbors might like to supervise.

They promise to stay nearby — unlike the occasional teen.

They know how to raise an alarm — but generally are quiet.

Hands off — let the children learn to problem solve — it might be their motto.

When pasture borders playground — supervisors are plentiful.

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