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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Where's the Helmet?

Because we are all about bike safety here at Tonggu House. As you can see...

1973 - on grandpa's farm

1975 - in eastern Washington

1977 - in Spokane

Of course, we ALL did this back then. Still, I wonder if this is why the Husband is such an overprotective daddy when it comes to the Tongginator and her bike rides. Case in point:


I think the helmet might actually be bigger than the Tongginator (spring 2005, at around 16 months of age). She weighed all of about 16 pounds at that point. For more safety or fashion changes, check out Sincerely Fro Me To You at We Are THAT Family.

EDITED TO ADD: Just in case my social worker is reading -- and to clarify to all -- I'm not making fun of the fact that she's WEARING the helmet. I'm making fun of the SIZE of the helmet next to her tiny self. Don't y'all think she looks like Helmet Head from the movie Space Balls?

33 comments:

Janet said...

Go Tonggu Dad! I HATE it when I see kids without helmets. I have studied a bit about brain injury and most of them are preventable!!!!!!!!!

heidi said...

Isn't that funny, though?? I bet it's like our parents were about seat belts - they survived just fine thankyouverymuch - who needs seat belts?? Now I look back and think about helmets "We survived just fine thankyouverymuch". Although my kids might try and tell you I've suffered some brain damager. Don't believe them.

Suzy said...

Pretty sure that seat belts and bicycle helmets have saved me from brain injuries that would have prevented me from having a "normal" life. I am SO grateful for both. WTG TD. Oh, BTW, the laundry story had me in stitches. I snicker every time I think about it. Which is pretty often.

Crayl said...

We started wearing seat belts and helmets long before most people, my dad worked for a company that invented the slow motion camera, the one that captured a pin popping a balloon and drops of liquid...and car crashes...yeah, head safety became very important.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I would rather err on the side of caution than have something bad happen......to be honest, since I have found CC's blog, I am surprised Sarah is not walking around daily with a crash helmut on her head....in doors or out! Some of those statistics are staggering!

The T looked adorable in her helmut....so darn little....where does the time go?

Georgia Peach said...

I didn't start wearing bike helmets and seat belts until I was in college. Which is why I can tell stories that begin like this,

"...one time I fell off my bike and was hospitalized for acute short-term memory loss."

Or...."one time while riding in a moving vehicle my car door opened. I slipped out the door and under the back tire...OF A MOVING CAR." (wanna see a neat trick I can do with my right knee now?)

Aunt LoLo said...

Better safe than sorry, I guess! :-D

We had a "helmet law" in my house when I was a kid. If my little bro (yeah, the socks one) couldn't, or wouldn't, find his helmet, he'd stick his trusty red bucket on his head and take off! I think he thought it would catch anything that came off during a crash?

Yeah, we still call him BucketHead to this day. :-)

Michelle said...

They are a hassle sometimes...but worth it. Then they get a certain age and you can no longer enforce the helmet rule. : ( My 15 year old son broke his neck due to a bicycle accident not too long ago...without a helmet and we were always enforcing that helmet since he first started riding!

planetnomad said...

Those pics from the 70s look like life here in Rabat, except that the scooters with the tiny children on them are weaving in and out of traffic! I saw a family on one yesterday; the mom in back wearing a djellaba and headscarf, dad in middle, and little kid, maybe 3 or 4, in front, wearing an adult sized helmet, huge grin on his face. I just pray.

P.S. He loves you.. said...

fun post! I grew up the same way with my family and our bikes..still have them dirt bikes and crusier and speed bikes...all kinds!

Cajunchic said...

Ok that is adorable! I have been asking hubby for a bike with a child's seat on back and can not wait to take a picture like this of Munchkin with her helmet.

We are THAT Family said...

Your note to the social worker cracked me up.

I should add a disclaimer to CPS on my posts. Just in case!

McEwens said...

too cute! WOW, the social worker reads your blog????

The Source said...

Ha ha ha. Our parents would have been in for HOURS of nerve-shattering whining and pouting if bike helmets had been suggested. I probably would have refused to get on my bike at all before suffering such humiliation! I rode out of our garage, down the steep driveway, into traffic and to the STORE, without holding onto the handlebars if I could help it...and no helmets. What were we thinking??

My mom swears she used to lay me on the front seat of the car beside her when I was an infant. I probably fell in the floor a few times! Thank heavens we've wised up a bit.

Kim said...

We have a photo almost exactly like the first one. My dad riding the little moped thing pulling me and my brother behind in a wagon. So, you're right... we did all do things like that.

All Rileyed Up said...

Looks like she is riding in style. My daughter's head looks practically swallowed up when she puts on her bike helmet.

And thanks for your visit the other day. My sympathies to Rosie's family.

Meredith Teagarden said...

Too funny, too true! Love the before and after picts!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Did you ever sit in the backseat of the car with your feet in the rear window?
My kids always wear helmets too! I figure after all the fate I tempted, it's better to be safe than sorry!

prechrswife said...

It probably is amazing that any of us survived to adulthood. :-)

LifeAtTheCircus said...

Great pics and great post. It is truly amazing how very different society is now compared to when we were young.

Valarie said...

She is so cute!

Jerralea said...

Wow, that helmet is so big that I first thought it was attached to the seat! Sort of like a recliner with and enclosure for the head ...

Lisa said...

Hey! I'm all for TD and the safety overkill....with as accident prone as my family is, we all should be in helmets 24/7. Not kidding. Loved the pics from the 1970s. Don't you miss the feeling of the wind whippin' through your hair though when you ride a bike? :( Well...maybe with your sensory issues, you didn't enjoy the hair in the face thing. Sorry. :(

marky said...

My dad used to tuck the seatbelts down in the seats b/c he didn't want us to be bothered by them????
Griz and I are very over safety protective.. I agree..Helmets and bikes Must go together!

Jenn said...

Cute picture! I always get a kick out of the big helmets on little baby heads.

Shawnstribe said...

i agree with the whole helmet thingy, but i recalled a story from the deep recesses of my mind , after i read the bit about being drawn to car lights and lamp posts ;)
a friend i had,was challenged by being drawn to the periphery as well, and was cycling by a canal, with her lil one strapped in...yep you guessed it.
In they went, thankfully P was a life guard and strong swimmer and towed baby C, bike and all to the side...
geeze that story spoke to me, now i dont strap X X on the bike near water.
just me
xxx
s

Monica said...

Personally, I enjoyed the culture of my childhood (back in the 60's) when I could stand up in the front seat, hanging my head out the open window as my mother drove 80 mph down the highway and no one gave it a second thought! Now, we only let our Golden Retrievers act like that!!!

Soliloquy said...

I totally get the social worker bit.

Word to the wise. Think about NOT telling him/her what your position is on spanking.

Heh.

Jamie said...

Hee hee, that photo of the Tongginator is cute. Bet it wasn't the most scenic bike ride for her, though. ;)

CC said...

Ha! I accidentally gave my blog address to my social worker. Oops!!!

Helmets = great. Just read my posts about head injuries!!!

Tonggu Momma Husband said...

For the record ... it was LORD DARK HELMET in the movie Spaceballs. I used to think that movie was cool, until I saw it again as an adult and, well, I've matured I guess. And in the third picture, notice the kickstand is down and we are posing on the patio with the bike parked. We just thought we were cool posing for the picture; that's me in front with my brother and sister on the back. The other two photo's ... guilty as charged ... back then it was like ... "what's a helmet for anyhow?" And I agree with several others, it's a blessing we survived in the age of 'no helmets' and 'no seatbelts' and 'no product recalls.'

K and/or K said...

Have you seen these helmets? They are stylish!

http://www.yakkay.com/cover_sunhat.html

Elizabeth Channel said...

We used to make our sweet Edward wear a bicycle helmet whenever he played on concrete. He got used to it. (And he weighed about 20 lbs at 18 months so we was a big-headed site!) Cute though!