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re; kids as artists or worker bees

updated tue 31 aug 04

 

lela martens on sat 28 aug 04


Hi Sam,

Over the past years one hardly sees any kids of any background out
playing in any neighbourhood.
If they are outside, the event is `organized`..otherwise, I guess they are
likely in front of some screen. Even the kids I know who live on farms are
in front of screens. ..Perhaps doing computer `art`.
Best wishes, Lela

Steve Slatin on sun 29 aug 04


Lela --

The next-door kids were out at 8:10 this morning --
the weirdest of them started shouting "Hey! Play
basketball with me! Come play basketball with me!"
etc. at that time and continued for nearly an hour.

I've often found them peering into my studio (30 ft.
from the property line) and, one notable time, using
a "throwing stick" to launch unripe apples towards
a window of my studio. And my wife stopped one
who was using the concrete pad in front of my
studio as a "jump pad" for his bicycle. Then
there was the time that I caught them (again,
on my lot, not on theirs) where the irrigation
ditch is, having gotten their dog to jump into
the water blocking him and keeping him from
getting out.

If you know of any way to get these youthful
deamons back into their house and in front of
a CRT, I'd like to know about it. The family
has (at least) 4 foster kids and two unidentifieds,
and two of the fosters I believe are "special needs"
kids. Inside the house, where mom (a foul-mouthed
harridan who told the weird kid my name was "Satan")
rules, the kids don't bother anyone.

And no, I don't want them in my studio. There's too
much valuable equipment, dangerous equipment, costly
chemicals, dangerous chemicals, and organizing effort
for me to take a chance with them. I've got enough to
do with my one at-home kid, practice driving,
reviewing math before school starts, and keeping him
away from the TV and the video games and advised about
avoiding the temptations of alcohol, drugs, and
unprotected sexual activity, by myself. Having a kid
(or taking a foster child) is a big responsibility,
and those parents should do their own flipping job.

It appears at least possible that in your neighborhood
some of the parents are doing their jobs. Don't knock
it; glory in it.

Irritably yours --

Steve S.

--- lela martens wrote:

> Hi Sam,
>
> Over the past years one hardly sees any kids of
> any background out
> playing in any neighbourhood.


=====
Steve Slatin -- Entry-level potter, journeyman loafer, master obfuscator
Sequim, Washington, USA
48.0937N, 123.1465W or thereabouts



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Weiland, Jeff on mon 30 aug 04


Steve,=20
As a parent, teacher, potter, and licensed foster parent, my biggest =
concern for those neighbor kids is their safety. The local case worker =
needs to know about the supervision of these children and your concern =
for their safety. Somebody is risking a case of neglect of dependants.

Jeff =20

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Slatin [mailto:claystevslat@YAHOO.COM]
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 5:49 PM
To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
Subject: Re: Re; Kids as artists or Worker bees


Lela --

The next-door kids were out at 8:10 this morning --
the weirdest of them started shouting "Hey! Play
basketball with me! Come play basketball with me!"
etc. at that time and continued for nearly an hour.

I've often found them peering into my studio (30 ft.
from the property line) and, one notable time, using
a "throwing stick" to launch unripe apples towards
a window of my studio. And my wife stopped one
who was using the concrete pad in front of my
studio as a "jump pad" for his bicycle. Then
there was the time that I caught them (again,
on my lot, not on theirs) where the irrigation
ditch is, having gotten their dog to jump into
the water blocking him and keeping him from
getting out.

If you know of any way to get these youthful
deamons back into their house and in front of
a CRT, I'd like to know about it. The family
has (at least) 4 foster kids and two unidentifieds,
and two of the fosters I believe are "special needs"
kids. Inside the house, where mom (a foul-mouthed
harridan who told the weird kid my name was "Satan")
rules, the kids don't bother anyone.

And no, I don't want them in my studio. There's too
much valuable equipment, dangerous equipment, costly
chemicals, dangerous chemicals, and organizing effort
for me to take a chance with them. I've got enough to
do with my one at-home kid, practice driving,
reviewing math before school starts, and keeping him
away from the TV and the video games and advised about
avoiding the temptations of alcohol, drugs, and
unprotected sexual activity, by myself. Having a kid
(or taking a foster child) is a big responsibility,
and those parents should do their own flipping job.

It appears at least possible that in your neighborhood
some of the parents are doing their jobs. Don't knock
it; glory in it.

Irritably yours --

Steve S.
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