Feb 9, 2010
The "S" stands for Safety Girl
An old friend from elementary school days reminded me about something that I had totally forgotten. When I was in the fifth or sixth grade I applied to be a safety boy. I think I was the first girl to do it. A girl standing guard at the crosswalks was unheard of back then. But the time was ripe for a gender revolution among the ranks of the Tinkham Elementary Safeties. Bras were being burned. Bacon was being earned and fried up in a pan.
They let us join and gave us our orange patrol belts. Those belts, for the record, are the stupidest contraptions. Difficult to put on and adjust. A vest would have been much more practical and visible. I got the post at the street right in front of the school.
This friend seems to have romanticized it a bit. She used the word "advocated". I'm sure I didn't advocate anything back in those days. Except maybe for twinkies in my lunch bag. It was really just my desire to spend a few extra minutes every day away from the classroom.
They had to start calling us safety patrols after that instead of safety boys.