Another neighbor used to fill his car with a variety of neighborhood kids. He would take us to college basketball and hockey games. Those were great experiences for kids from a postage stamp-sized town that rarely went anywhere. Our parents didn't worry that we would be abducted or abused. None of those fears were yet known.
Many wonderful changes have occurred since my childhood and some wonderful things have also been lost. In hindsight, there was an innocent, simplicity about most things - or maybe it was our innocence and simplicity. Remember, all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com