Today, I was informed, by someone who follows the news, that several Thomas the Tank Engine toys have been recalled by RC2 Corporation. Apparently, many of the toys (mostly red- and yellow-painted, wooden trains) contain lead paint. Lead paint is toxic if ingested. The recalled trains date back to January 2005.
I’m extremely confident that, over the past two years, my not-quite-two-year-old has never, ever put his beloved James, James’ Tender, or the ever-popular caboose into his mouth. Not to teethe, not to taste, not even just for the hell of it. Children have an instinctual aversion against putting anything shiny and red into their mouths. Nothing red is ever delicious.
Nevertheless, I felt compelled to follow the recommendation to “take the recalled toys away from young children immediately.” In retrospect, maybe ripping the tainted trains out of their eager hands wasn’t the best way to deliver the news. Especially, since our 1920s home in industrial Massachusetts was probably built on a foundation composed of 100% lead. And asbestos. So, what’s another goddamned day after two years.
I really can’t wait to see what else China has in store for us.