Sunday, September 9th, 2007


Filed under: children,fear,girls,parenting — alison @ 22:06

Cedrika Provencher was abducted over a month ago in Trois Rivières.

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Children play in the alley behind my house, which is usually fun to watch and listen to except when the children hang on the branches of the plum tree and break them. Then I become the cross mean neighbour lady and tell them to stop.

For over a month, the only children playing in the alley have been boys.


  1. It is interesting (and horrifying) how much parents are worried about their children’s safety – from helmets to foods to walking home from school to running in the playground. It is not just in Canada. A sad change from the freedom kids had until the 60s – to play in the neighbourhood until called for supper. Yes their are reasons to be afraid – but the reasons are much magnified by mass media – i.e. – now we all know the dangers.

    Comment by vc — Monday, September 10th, 2007 @ 10:03

  2. Hi,

    My name is Alison Cummins as well. Imagine my surprise when I googled myself today and stumbled upon a website that was not only in my name, but also mirrored my thoughts to the letter. I’m british, by the way. I also feel very strongly about the way our society manipulates concepts that at their origin were founded on logic and reasoning but now have become fanatical and extreme. For instance, political correctness, religion, patriotism and general safety. That is all.

    All the best in your quest for understanding,

    Alison Cummins
    (Dictated but not typed)

    Comment by Alison Cummins — Sunday, September 16th, 2007 @ 09:40

  3. Hey – welcome to the blogging world.

    You’ve been tagged by me… you’ll have to go to my blog to find out more.

    Comment by Karen Little — Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 @ 10:39

  4. I think parents have always been worried about their childrens’ safety. One difference is that now we worry less about smallpox and the evil eye, so we need to worry about other things instead. Another is that the world is bigger now, and our homes are more porous. Today when you send a child outside, you send them into a world inhabited not just by cars (much less numerous in the sixties) but also by pedophiles and terrorists and salmonella. Like the evil eye, pedophiles and terrorists and salmonella are invisible, unpredictable threats; unlike the evil eye, you can’t protect against them by tying a blessed string around your baby’s waist or by hanging an amulet around their neck. We have enough knowledge to take action to protect them in more specific ways, so we do. I suspect to our detriment.

    Comment by alison — Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 @ 06:40

  5. Hi there Alison Cummins(Dictated but not typed)!

    Comment by alison — Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 @ 08:00

  6. Very scary . . . and the boys are as much at risk as the girls.

    BTW, I linked over from Scalpel’s blog and saw your latest aspie post–my son’s an aspie as well, so I’ll have to investigate your blog and the site you referenced further!

    Comment by tk — Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 @ 08:07

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