Hi Readers — Gosh, there have been so many interesting letters lately! Here’s one that has me so proud for the writer. It is so difficult to break old habits, and harder still when those are based on FEAR. But as she discovered: When we deal with the real world, instead of the dreadful illusion we have of it, the world is OURS. All props to her for being so brave! — L.
Dear Free-Range Kids: At the age of 34 I have just started taking classes at night without having a ride home from a relative. ( I’m mildly hearing impaired.) I’m finding out that taking the bus at night, people watch out for each other, and it’s not all pandemonium like I imagined. On the bus last night an elderly lady handed me a toy butterfly when I said it was cute. The only problem I’ve had are when guys get on and they have bad B.O. from work, or someone is drunk and loud before getting kicked off the bus.
Here I’d been taught that even going out after 8:00PM would cost me my life instantly, but I’m realizing I can fend for myself. As a child I was never allowed out of my moher’s site until I was fourteen and I still have crippling anxiety. It’s only been in the past six years I’ve slowly allowed myself to be more a “Free-Range Adult”. Next, despite my hearing problems, I’m going to get a doctor’s note so I can learn to drive. — A.