Games Children Play. Our Childhood and The Modern One
I am not a Luddite (Honestly). New technology is marvellous in so many ways. Of course it gets abused like everything else in this crazy world, and obviously children , today need to know how to use computers.
Sometimes it just makes me sad that I see so much of the back of my grandchildrens´heads, or the top of it. They are either "Head down" playing a computer game on their laps, or sitting facing a computer screen. "Hi Nan" without even turning around.
I understand though, the parents who tell me they´d rather see their children using this modern technology than leave them to hang around the streets. It seems to be that´s the quickest way to make the wrong type of friend and get into trouble.
Also many parents are so afraid of paedophiles coming into the picture, that they´d prefer the children to be indoors.
I understand it but can´t help now and then putting on the rose--tinted glasses and think of my early childhood.
Skipping Ropes and Hopscotch..
Children playing in the street,
Small boys climbing trees,
Sadly, when I look for them,
I now see none of these.
Little girls with skipping ropes,
Chanting as they skip,
Cheerily a rhyme, the´d sing,
Rope swishing like a whip.
Hard to find these children now,
All grown up they are,
Having children of their own,
But keep them close........Not far...
For times have changed over years,
Skipping, Climbing, Ball-games,
Grazing knees, a normal day,
Today... Just not the same.
Health and Safety rule the roost,
Cotton wool must wrap their play,
Softer landings from the swings,
That´s how it is today.
Is it me, just getting old?
My memories of playtime,
The happiness they bring.?
Who can say?, But I am glad,
that love was all around,
When I had grazed and bleeding knees,
Kiss made better is what I found.
I´m grateful for those happy days.
They didn´t last too long.
But children just need love,
And to know that they "belong"......