Safari style parenting

Safari style parenting

Back in the eighties before the P.C brigade ruined this fine country, there existed a Safari Park. I can’t remember where it was or any of the details, but I do remember being taken there when I had very few years on the clock. I was probably taken to this park to back up the knowledge gained from National Geographic magazines that were shown to me and to freak me the hell out by placing only a flimsy pane of auto-glass between me and certain death at the claws of a lion. But I loved it, and the best part came when my father let me sit on his knee and steer the car as we crawled along at a snails pace within an enclosure. It was an awesome experience, I felt in total control of the vehicle, and I was instantly drunk on the power at hand. Suddenly the tables had been turned, and I thought I could dish out life or death at any moment to any of those raggety old Zebras or Gazelles. But I let them off the hook, their circle-of-life into jelly-meat form wouldn’t be hastened by me and my Dad’s Holden.

I was reminded of this occasion when I came across the attached video clip recently. But unlike myself this young lad is given what would seem a reckless amount of control over a high-powered vehicle. With all this talk of kids ‘now-a-days’ being too sheltered it’s good to see a young fella learning responsible driving early on. The classic advice of “No fooling round out there” from the boy’s dad may not have included the 150m long wheelie, but hey you’re only ridiculously young once, right? A helmet might also have been advisable, but it would have ruined his haircut, I can respect that.

Check out the clip below.

Back in the eighties before the P.C brigade ruined this fine country, there existed a Safari Park. I can’t remember where it was or any of the details, but I do remember being taken there when I had very few years on the clock. I was probably taken to this park to back up the knowledge gained from National Geographic magazines that were shown to me and to freak me the hell out by placing only a flimsy pane of auto-glass between me and certain death at the claws of a lion. But I loved it, and the best part came when my father let me sit on his knee and steer the car as we crawled along at a snails pace within an enclosure. It was an awesome experience, I felt in total control of the vehicle, and I was instantly drunk on the power at hand. Suddenly the tables had been turned, and I thought I could dish out life or death at any moment to any of those raggety old Zebras or Gazelles. But I let them off the hook, their circle-of-life into jelly-meat form wouldn’t be hastened by me and my Dad’s Holden.

I was reminded of this occasion when I came across the attached video clip recently. But unlike myself this young lad is given what would seem a reckless amount of control over a high-powered vehicle. With all this talk of kids ‘now-a-days’ being too sheltered it’s good to see a young fella learning responsible driving early on. The classic advice of “No fooling round out there” from the boy’s dad may not have included the 150m long wheelie, but hey you’re only ridiculously young once, right? A helmet might also have been advisable, but it would have ruined his haircut, I can respect that.

Check out the clip below.

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