"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 14 April 2012

A Sign Of The Times

One of the early pleasures of an English Spring is throwing open all the windows and letting the sounds and smells drift in; another is the re-emergence of toddlers & children into the communal garden and hearing their squeals of delight as they play their games. There are only two or three of them in this small, private block and I've never seen them unsupervised by an adult nor have I ever heard them squabble or fight.

I feel for them this Saturday morning. Like a thief in the night someone has stolen in and nailed an official-looking sign to a fence forbidding them from playing ball games of any description. It seems the gardens are communal only for the gardeners and not for the children.

This judgmental, killjoy attitude is another aspect of our increasingly puritan society that I can happily live without.   What miseryguts these people are who seek to impose rules & restrictions on all aspects of our lives - 'from cradle to grave'.

3 comments:

  1. Those killjoys are not public-spirited, GV. They're probably the type who rat on their neighbours for wheelie bin 'crimes'.

    There's a "No ballgames" sign on our common green, but nobody pays attention to it because our patch of land is inhabited by friendly families. In the summer, it teems with life - from todders to grannies, dogs and cats!

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  2. I'm sure it's a lovely sign and it would be a real shame if anything happened to it ........

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  3. It seems that the gardeners have complained to the management company after an old woman complained to them (she's the only other one allowed to tend it, apparently she's been here so long. She lives on her own and also hates cats - her loss). Yes, it would be a shame if something happened to that nice, new , glossy sign...

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