I rode my bike a lot when I was a kid. I rode it to school, to friends' houses, and just to play around. Do you know how many times I broke my head doing that? Zero. I fell off that bike a few times, but I never ever ever broke my head. Structurally speaking, I have a totally unbroken head, despite years of helmetless wheeled activity.
The only kids that wore helmets in those days were the kids in "special education". They had to wear their helmets all day at school. Even though it was a required part of school culture to make fun of the special ed kids, I still felt sorry for them. It must have been a hard life falling on your head all the time.
Today, all kids wear helmets each time they ride some sort of self-propelled wheeled vehicle. Bikes, tricycles, scooters, and roller skates/blades are all deemed to be head smashers. The fact that Daisy has NEVER fallen off her scooter, or was incapable of riding her trike more than 1 mph, was irrelevant. Nevermind that she was more likely to injure herself putting the helmet on than flying off her tricycle. Frankly, Daisy got off easy. Other kids are virtually swaddled in elbow pads, knee pads, and self-esteem pads.
Still, despite the prevalence of the helmeted children today, every once in a while, when I see some kid standing next to a bike and wearing a helmet, I still think, "Look! A special ed kid!"
Meanwhile, I took Daisy to Tae Kwon Do class again today (it's three freakin' times a week!!). I'm constantly astonished by how disobedient and borderline brain-damaged these kids are. Many are incapable of paying attention for even a micro second and others just flop randomly around the room. Granted, some of them are only four, but still, Daisy stands out like a Rhodes Scholar.
At one point the kids were working their way down the room, doing knife-hand chops as they went. One little girl stopped between each knife-hand motion, picked her nose, and ate it. She had a rhythm going.
Between the obsessive-compulsive booger eating, the total inability to pay attention, and the general idiocy, I'm beginning to think that maybe all these kids SHOULD be wearing helmets. Maybe it's just a special ed generation.