I was on a mission to buy sparkly blue eyeshadow with my babysitting money.
I was in the sixth grade. I thought sparkly blue eyeshadow was cool. But most notably, nobody batted an eye at a 12-year-old babysitting or walking alone half a mile to the drug store.
Fast-forward 30 years and a totally typical scenario from my latchkey childhood feels risky — at least to some people.