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When the Schools Let Out for the Summer
Boys need to play...
Each year about this time there was one thing on the minds of schoolchildren. How much longer till we get out of school for the summer? It was obvious that our minds were not always on the ABC's totally but oftentimes carried to the strange world of make-believe. Some kids would have a vacation in their future summer months while others were not concerned with the particulars, just wanting to get out of school so they could do their own thing for a change. There were many adventures that a boy of nine or 10 could get into during the summer and the adrenaline was certainly flowing. The guys could always find something to do if we could just get out of the house without our moms finding a chore for us and the weather happened to be nice outside. A young boy could always find something to amuse himself when he didn't have the pressures of school hanging over his head.
Do you remember summer vacation from school?
We made up the rules as we played...
We usually had a central meeting point, someone's home where we would all gather after breakfast each morning. Some days more of our friends would show up and we might decide to play baseball or if we didn't have enough to make teams we would do something else. There was never a time we didn't have something to do, someone would always come up with a good idea. There wasn’t as many cars back then and sometimes we would even play in the streets. I remember one year a lot of us guys ask for roller-skates for Christmas just so we could play our version of street hockey. Of course we didn't worry about the rules, we just made them up as we went along because hockey was a game they played way up north and we didn't know the difference anyway. The object was to have fun and we usually did.
We got new shoes for school...
Those clamped on roller-skates really did a number on our shoes and would sometimes rip the sole right off ruining an otherwise good pair of shoes. You needed a skate key to adjust the skates and I was always losing mine so mom got an old shoestring to put it on and hung it around my neck. That way I could get to it in a hurry if I needed to remove my skates to play something else. You take eight or 10 boys scurrying around the street on roller-skates hollering back and forth as they played could cause quite a ruckus. But we were having the time of our life, not a care in the world and back then no one had to worry about child molesters. As far as I can remember there was no such thing. I can remember playing for hours and I'm sure at times our moms were glad we were out of their hair for a while. Somehow we were all brought back to reality when it was time to eat or come in for the night. Sometimes I think I can still hear my mom as she came to the front door to call me, “Sammy, it's time to come in for the night...”
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