What were some activities from your childhood that make you smile? For example: miniature golf, climbing trees, lying on your back looking up at the clouds, staying out till the street lights came on, looking for four leaf clovers. From Krissy at; http://journals.aol.com/fisherkristina/SometimesIThink/entries/2008/01/21/monday-morning-question/1507
Wow, this is a hard one for me~so many wonderful, carefree times. I know one thing was riding my bike back and forth to my friends houses. After the 4th grade I lived in a rural area, so there was no one "just next door." Barbara was at least a half a mile away and Joni about a mile and a half. So there was lots of peddling going on. (Gosh no wonder my knees hurt now.) And Krissy mentioned laying on your back and looking at clouds~Barbara and I used to climb up on our chicken coop with blankets and pillows, it had a lean-to type roof and we'd lay up there looking at clouds and hiding from my little brother. We also would gather as many kids as we could in the summer, and play baseball in the pasture. Or was it more like a "dodge the cow-pies" and baseball mixture? I had lots of chores as a kid but my folks also let me play and just be a kid, too.
When I got older, we would take the bus (it came like every 3 hours) and go to town. That was before malls, when there were stores downtown like Woolworth's, Kresse's, Leeds Shoes, Penney's, Sears, Lerner's, etc. It was a big deal to go off on the bus and spend a few hours window shopping. Of course since the bus ran each way only a few times each day, we had to watch the time...as a missed bus would have been a disaster.
I'm happy I grew up in the innocence of the 1950's. Life was good...no gangs, drugs and hey...no cell phones for our mom's to call and check up on us. LOL
P.S. I just remembered~as a teenager the highlight of my life was getting dropped off at the roller skating rink by either my dad or someone else's dad for and afternoon or evening of roller skating (not roller blading...those weren't invented yet). There was even a real organ with someone playing the music for us to skate to. It was great~the place to see and be seen on a Saturday late afternoon and evening.