I think we may finally see the result of sitcoms on the nation's sense of humor. It seems nobody is laughing or celebrating to suit others, and therefore it must be wrong.
Anderson Cooper went on a rant about one mother arrested for celebrating at her son's graduation. Another school is withholding a diploma until a boy or his family performs community service to "apologize" for the crowd cheering too enthusiastically when his turn came. Now we have a homeowner's association banning chalk from the sidewalks. Some neighbors complained, and because it's a common space it is therefore unacceptable.
Where is the common sense here? It's hard enough to encourage kids to play outside, and this is a creative, traditional washable activity. Hopscotch spans the generations, as do hearts, flowers, stories and stick figure families drawn with bright colors. The article doesn't mention any issues like inappropriate drawings or otherwise bad behavior. Coloring on sidewalks annoy some black holes of suck, and therefore it must not be allowed.
I'm sad. It's hard enough to be a kid in a world where terrorists and other whispered threats shadow our lives. Bullies, criminals and gangs strike anywhere, and if kids go the straight and narrow path they may still not be able to afford college or get a job. Let them be kids, and make fun memories of drawing in the sun with their friends or siblings, playing and doing what kids are supposed to do.
Jackass tag awarded to the jerks who complained and the HOA that would react so stupid to a shallow issue.