Monday thought of the week: a surprising thing

A thought:

Somehow, we’ve arrived at a moment when a kid playing by himself, Internet-free and helicopter-parentless, is a surprising thing. Huck Finn may be deep in the American DNA, but he’s disappeared from the summer landscape, replaced by the boy in the bubble. No dirt, no unplanned moments, and no time for discovery.

– Timothy Egan, “Let ‘Em Eat Dirt,” The New York Times (July 10, 2014)

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