Oh for the world we grew up in. Are you old enough to remember what these are?
If you are those were the days before computers occupied all of our time … no facebook, myspace, google, Microsoft. Apples grew on trees and occasionally bomped you on the head when it was there time. Mice lived behind the cupboards and in the walls of grandma’s house and if your grandma was like mine, she might just leave a tidbit on the counter at night to make sure the “house mouse” didn’t starve.
There is a discussion going on now about a decidedly nasty virus (of the computer variety) going around that might just take most of the internet away from us this summer. OMG. What will we do. Maybe, just maybe, it would be a good excuse to go do what we did as kid … go outside and play in the REAL world.
What did you do on any old Saturday as a kid. I remember bugging out of the house early morning, maybe even before the parents were out of bed and not returning until it was time for dinner. Somehow we just knew exactly when dinner would be on the table. Spend the day at the local frog pond or clomping thru the streams and mud in the woods. Playing stickball in the street or in a local vacant lot. Riding our bikes down the middle of the neighborhood streets without a care that some idiot in a car might run us over. I don’t remember mom ever worrying about where I was and she knew I’d be home for dinner. Maybe we knew when dinner would be because it was at the same time every day. And right after dinner, back out the door for a good neighborhood game of hide-n-seek right up until the street lights came on.
Remember doing something bad and having grandpa say "go cut yourself a switch". If you were like me, you learned real early that the skinny, whippy kind were not your friend. You'd rather have a 2x4 in his hands. And you also learned when grandpa said "do it", he was the law. Grounded!! Oh how I hated that word. But of course dad would occasionally go to work on Saturday which gave you an excuse to sneak out of the yard to play with your friends. What was that ... dad's car sitting at the traffic light as you walked across the street. OOPS!!
If you happened to set your sandwich down on the ground it was still edible, at least up until the ants found it. Maybe you washed your hands before eating … and just maybe you didn’t. I remember my grandma saying you have to eat at least a pound of dirt before you can become an adult.
And what’s the most amazing stuff … I’m still here. Oh for the world I grew up in …
Do you remember? What was your favorite pastime on a hot (or if you lived somewhere else, not so hot) summer day?
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But whatever you do, get off the computer and go enjoy the summer.
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