Fill in the blank, and then look wistful:
When I was kid, I could _____.
Walk to school and home again with a group of friends? Take the bus to the movies? Stay home alone while your parents went out for the evening? Spend the whole day at the neighborhood swimming pool without checking in periodically?
Maria Parigi of Dallas, who grew up in a “teeny tiny town in Texas,” says she and her friends had curfews, but “no parental supervision. We were free as a bird.”
Now she and other parents are filling in another sort of blank: When is it...