People often ask me why I like living in Nicaragua so much and there are certainly a multitude of reasons. Everything from the business opportunities, to the culture, to the food, to the fantastic tri-lingual and bi-cultural education my kids are receiving. But every once in a while I am reminded clearly of why I really like living in Nicaragua at the deepest level. Freedom. Â I am much freer in Nicaragua than in the USA.
I know some folks may be thinking how unpatriotic I am and that there is no way that can be true, but this morning as I ate breakfast with our friends from McLean, Virginia, their girls were telling a story of their school lunch period. Â Are you ready for this? At lunch, they have a monitor with a decibel meter who watches and when the sound reaches a certain level, they flash the lights and yell at the kids to be quiet. Â On top of that, they have assigned seats. Â Assigned seats, at lunch, in the 5th grade. Â I kid you not.
Things in the US have gotten so out of line and so out of whack I can't even believe it. Â When there, I've been told to get off the rocks, get my kid down from the wall, and take my baby off my shoulders. Â I know, it's those damned lawyers and lawsuits that frighten everyone, but it's more than that too. Â People want to control the behavior of others . Â Political correctness and legal concerns are a great front and justification for this type of behavior. But these actions reduce our freedoms one small chink at a time and create a nanny state protecting us for our own good.
The Nanny State No More
Later this morning, my girls along with their friends from Arlington are going to go volcano sledding and will also have the opportunity to run down into the active crater of Cerro Negro. Volcano sledding on a small piece of plywood on top of the cinders and stones thrown out of the volcano in it's recent eruption a few years ago.Â And oh yes, they'll be riding in the back of a pickup truck along a bumpy dirt road to get to the volcano. In the US, someone would lock me up for child endangerment.
Oh yes, I'm sure these activities are dangerous and my kids might get hurt.Â I hope not but if they do, they'll learn. They'll learn to hold on tighter, dial back the risk level they take, and take responsibility for their own safety. We talk about these things by the way. It's part of our conversations about how to become an adult and take personal responsibility for our actions. Of course I feel sorry for the one in a million kids that gets hurt or killed on a swing set, climbing a tree, or sliding on a slide. But to deny life, real life, to the 999,999 others who can't do fun things and be kids is the real tragedy.
So why do I love living in Nicaragua? Freedom. Freedom for me and and my family to make decisions we feel are right for us. Â Sure there are laws in Nicaragua, and we follow them. Â But a nanny state? Â No way. For anyone thinking about owning property in Nicaragua, add one more element to your list of reasons. Â Freedom.