Would You Put Your Child on a Leash?
This post started off innocently enough – something about cute dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. But then my mind wandered (like minds do) and I ended up focusing on this:
It’s a kid. On a leash. Oh, and a dinosaur at the Royal Tyrell Museum. (Sorry for the poor resolution – I was in stealth mode.)
Now while I don’t have kids, and I probably never will, I couldn’t help but think back to the last time I saw a fellow primate on a leash:
That was in Koh Libong, Thailand. And it made me cringe.
To Leash or Not to Leash (your kids, your monkey…)
I’m having a hard time processing what’s going on in these two photos.
I know most of the folks that normally read this blog would look at the monkey photo and think — That’s wrong, the poor monkey, whoever did that should be shot.
But what about the first photo? What are your thoughts on that one?
The monkey’s probably thinking — I’m a monkey, I should be free.
The kid? Probably the same thing (except of course the I’m a monkey bit).
In the 8+ months I spent travelling through Asia, not once did I see a kid on a leash. (Well, not an Asian kid anyway). Kids were kids – like I was when I was their age. If I ran off from my parents, I learned pretty quickly not to do that again. And if my parents thought I might run off, well, they just didn’t take me there in the first place. No leash needed.
A Leash By Any Other Name
But I’ll defer definition to the pros. Merriam-Webster defines leash as:
A: a line for leading or restraining an animal
B: something that restrains : the state of being restrained <keeping spending on a tight leash>
There’s something just a little icky about the whole leash business. But what do I know? Like I said, I don’t have kids.
I just know that if I were that kid on a leash, I’d probably want to run away even more so. Same if I were that monkey.
You Take the Reigns
Now I’d like to hear from you. Just a quick informal poll to see if you believe putting your child on a leash is okay.
And I’d love to hear your comments.
Have you used a leash on your child?
Do you think it’s wrong to do so?
Do you use a leash on your child when you travel?
Can you not wait until my next post where I don’t talk about kids?
Let me know.
—Your obedient servant, Raymond