It’s All Fun And Games Until Someone Loses An Eye #socs

First, to my fellow Americans, a Happy Independence Day! And to everyone else, a Happy 4th of July!

Today is a day for picnics and lawn games, like bean bag toss, or as we call it in the South, cornhole. (I’m fully aware that “cornhole” has another, less polite meaning. We won’t discuss that.) Far from being just a dumb lawn game you play on picnics, there are some people who are really into it on an almost professional level. There’s even a governing body. In fact, there are two governing bodies, evidently. Not to mention instructional videos, like this one:

There are a lot of games that involve tossing something, such as bocce and pétanque, horseshoes, Frisbee, and my personal favorite, lawn darts, sometimes called Jarts. These, unfortunately, are no longer sold, because some parents thought they were dangerous and someone could lose an eye, or worse. Kind of like this…

(There is, by the way, a remake, if you’re interested.)

I think we can all learn from this: some toys are fine, provided they’re used under adult supervision, which, as any tween boy will tell you, takes all the fun out of it. Kind of like our fireworks video at the beginning of this post.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. And now a word from Wham-o, makers of the Slip ‘N Slide and the Water Wiggle, at toy, drug and department stores!

19 thoughts on “It’s All Fun And Games Until Someone Loses An Eye #socs

  1. Hi John – hope you had a peaceful and happy day … lots of good games for the kids and adults! Stay safe – Hilary


  2. Looks like little Timmy should have paid attention.
    My sister and I would shoot roman candles at each other…you learn to dodge really quick.


  3. Lol! Best post ever. That guy is lucky he wasn’t hurt worse. We had lawn darts. Kept the set in the garage next to the croquet set and other “outdoor” toys like the slip in slide and water wiggle. Seeing the boys in those lawn chairs brought back a memory of replacing the netting. Beginning of summer we’d picked a color so we could each re-weave our own lawn chair. Sentimental memory and perfect timing. Happy Independence Day!


  4. We had a jarts game at home. Played it all the time. No one ever got hurt, but perhaps because we never threw a jart toward someone. My parents made us play safe.

    Happy Independence Day, John!


    1. Happy Independence Day, Mary! That’s the whole point: we were smart enough not to throw them at each other or up in the air. Usually.


    1. Exactly! I was furious (I was 11) when they replaced the makeshift monkey bars at Albion Park (made from pipes and screws and sharp edges) with a new, “safer” set, because we were smart enough not to fall off. We had sense enough not to stand in the way of a flying projectile, reach into an Easy-Bake oven to get out a hot cake, or touch the hot plate of a Thingmaker. And that was even without parental supervision.

      Happy Independence Day, Maggie!

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      1. I guess if my family thought we could roam through the mountains without getting bitten by a rattlesnake or a copperhead, they felt like we could survive toys!

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