8 comments on “Remember…?

  1. I remember blocks being officially closed off as “play streets” and fire hydrants being run in the summer heat. We had a playground at our development but we still used the streets.

  2. I was much more of a country kid- even when in “town,” I was playing in the vacant lot, pulling pieces of bubbling tar from the street, foraging buds off plants (thankfully turning out to be edible) and sneaking across the highway to look at the peacocks and hope one had shed a feather. In the actual country, it was even better. There was a ring of enormous upturned stumps whose entwined roots made a fort with great shelves and cubbies. When it rained, we had an indoor fort in the barn, having pulled out all the hay bales and restacked them to make an indoor room with a hidden entrance. And we had a pond with lots of frogs, fields to run in, fruit trees to climb. Inside, a ping-pong and foosball table. No hopscotch or Skelly for me, either, not to mention TV, but I didn’t miss it. The difference is, I’ll bet the kids out in those places still play like that. Even if they have a TV.

    • “I’ll bet the kids out in those places still play like that. Even if they have a TV.”

      I’ll bet you’re right and they are so much better off for it.

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