Upon leaving Level 21 Mall this morning, I passed a family just coming in through the security check. As their little girl, perhaps 5 years of age, approached the guard, she dutifully unshouldered her Mickey Mouse backpack for examination. I found this act of cheerful submission distinctly precious and couldn't help but smile. Of course, in America now, land of the free, children are separated from their parents and hauled away in handcuffs. You never know what dastardly plots these pre-school kids might be up to.