“Hey you kids!” That was the common opening sentence of a variety of longer admonitions that were most often heard by my friends and I when we were children and caught in the act of doing something particularly stupid, dangerous, or both. These cautionary vocal warnings were delivered in tones sometimes compassionate sometimes frightening by adult members of the community – friends and strangers alike (if there can truly be said to have been strangers in a town the size of the one in which I was raised) – as needed without a moment’s hesitation on the part of the adult. These days things are a bit different.
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