On my way to the post office downtown, I saw a little kid run away from his mother. No big deal, he was just excited about something the way kids are and wanted to get away from his mom.
She snatched him by the hand and scolded him, “We’re in the City, they’ll kidnap you here.”
Now, I don’t know if she was saying this to scare her child into being good, if she really believed what she said, or a little of both, but it seems the idea that the City is a bad place is being handed down to a new generation.
One of the things I love doing is showing my 6 year old nephew around the city. He lives in O’Fallon, but when he comes to stay with us I love seeing his eyes when he says, “Look at the big buildings!” I feel like I’m giving him a different experience, some memories made of brick, maybe ones that he’ll remember when he gets older.