We have to come to terms with the fact that some problems are unsolvable. Despite all our hard work and values, we are powerless to affect them.

Perhaps the worst of these problems is the tendency so many of our ice cream trucks have of spontaneously breaking free of the bounds of gravity and floating up and up until they pop or are swallowed whole by giant birds of the upper atmosphere.

Getting all the kids to hold onto the truck doesn’t stop it from floating away. Mixing lead pellets into the ice cream, which the factory is eager to do, won’t weigh it down. And as the heat of the Indian summer brings us closer to Halloween, prayer is all but useless.

We have to accept that America has limits.

Chris Weagel

Chris Weagel writes about the intersection of technology and parenting for Wired Magazine. No he doesn't. He can't stand that shit.

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