Is just me or have people in Minnesota completely forgotten proper sled hill etiquette? I've taken the kids sledding twice so far this year and I've been confronted by:
1. Kids lollygagging at the bottom of the hill after finishing their run, leading to inevitable collisions and near-misses.
2. Small herds of self-absorbed parents holding impromptu conferences directly in the middle of the hill, paying no attention to the the kids at the top of the hill waiting to go.
3. Kids walking up the center of the hill instead of walking up the sides, while their parents look on.
I completely blame the parents for this sad state of affairs. Someone needs to teach this generation of kids the proper way to sled on a hill.
Two simple rules:
1. Kids: Unless your shoulder needs to be popped back into its socket, get up when your run is finished and promptly walk to one of the sides of the hill while watching for incoming sledders.
2. Parents: Unless you are performing a medevac, stay out of the way and chat with the other parents somewhere that isn't exactly in the middle of where kids are trying to sled. When you see your child breaking rule #1 above, tear yourself away from your iPhone and educate them so they know the proper way to do it in the future.
It's all so simple.