Yep, I actually let my kids play in the gutter. Technically, I let them play in the rain puddles AND the water running into the storm drain. The gutter all the same.
I have a terrible memory. I don't remember important dates, names or anything very well. But I vividly remember all the kids on the cove where I grew up, playing for hours "in the gutter" after a big rainstorm. Here's hoping mine will remember that too (and not contract any water-borne bacteria).
As a side (and equally memorable) note, about 5 seconds after I snapped this photo, my really sweet neighbor and equally sweet daughter came out to chat. About 5 seconds after that, Number 3 stripped his shirt off, pulled his pants down and peed in that very puddle he's standing in. A mother's pride knows no limit.
Another day, another story,