Kids are fascinated with fire, boys especially.
Think about it; fire is colorful, animated, and responsive. And the fact that it is real, makes fire the perfect toy!
Man have I taken some heat for this one. On the second page of the first chapter of the initial book in the series, Scrawny Ronnie uses the word "potheads" to describe his older brother's friends. I put this in the story as the very first talking point... ON PURPOSE!
The fact of the matter is that drugs are a part of our kid's lives. From the time they are in elementary school, until they are off to college then on their own in the real world, our children are going to have to decide where drugs fit into their life.
Back in the 1960's and 70's parents often used scare tactics. Today, with the legalization of marijuana in more and more states, that doesn't work so well. I don't have the answer as to what to say to a kid, but I can say that it is important for parents to have a open and ongoing dialog with their children about what is right and wrong, legal and illegal, safe and unsafe.
To put it plainly, I had Scrawny Ronnie speak the word "potheads" to give you, the parent, an opportunity to start the conversation about drugs with your kids.
In the book "Scrawny Ronnie," I will touch more on this topic. With the help of his parents and other adults, he does learn about right and wrong!
- Gasoline fumes burn, not the liquid!
The flame ignited inside the milk jug because it was full of vapor. Had there been more oxygen in the milk jug it very well could have exploded in Frankie's hand. That is why you should always keep a gas can way away from a heat source such as an OPEN FLAME!
All definitions may be found at Google.com:
Careful examination or scrutiny.
Impressively beautiful, elaborate, or extravagant; striking.
Burn slowly with smoke but no flame.
Without conscious thought; by natural instinct.
An apparatus worn over the mouth and nose or the entire face to prevent the inhalation of dust, smoke, or other noxious substances.
Rebuke or reprimand severely.
My brother actually did set the woods behind our house on fire; the fire department had to be called in to put it out. An entirely different time I had the brilliant idea to put gasoline into a plastic milk jug then pour it over an open flame. But I think my oldest son was the craziest when he started a camp fire with a roman candle!
The time I spent down by the river with my friends taught me a lot. Respect for fire was certainly one important lesson. Perhaps if I had paid better attention to my grandfather I would not have had to learn the hard way 😉
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