A trip through time may seem funny to the under 40 crowd.
1964 When I started
This was the year of my birth as well as the year that one of the best songs ever came out.
What we did not have
As I grew up in a town called Commerce City Colorado the biggest thrill was hide and seek. Oh not the lame version my kids play. We used the entire neighborhood. There were of course yards to avoid where the mean people lived. We had a building at the end of the block we called it the Grange Hall .The chimney had one inch wide flat areas like a very narrow step and we would climb up to the roof to hide. In all the four or five years using that spot I never was found
When I say the lame version what I meant was my kids cant do the things we could because things are different.
I also had a tree in my back yard with a logging chain my dad hung from a branch. We would clime hand over hand up to the branch and hide there another spot that was never found.
That chain was also a big contributor to my first broken bone. I had a large fan belt from a big truck engine that was attached to the chain my friends and I used it as a swing. One day I grabbed it on the run to swing up in the air, at the highest point my hands slipped I did a back flip landed on my left arm and broke both bones.A memory as clear now as back when I was seven.
I had a few friends and a big neighborhood if some one told us to text a friend we would say WHAT?.
When I wanted to see a friend I walked Quite a novel idea for my kids. My friends and I thought a playing card in the spokes was cool. We rode our bikes every where when not on foot.
Never heard of a game you played on TV . Did not know what a computer was at all.
Was it simple?
I am not going where you think I am. It was not so great.
I had a lot of good times I would never change but to be a kid now!! That would be cool.
My kids know more about the world around them at 12 and 17 than I did until about 22 years of age.
My grand parents lived far away and I never new them. My kids face time and chat with relatives all over the country.
My best toy ever was a 101 electronics kit I built every thing in it 1000 times I think.
My kids have ATV's
Things are good
My kids have no idea how good it is to be a kid now. I know the economy,jobs things like that will make it harder for them I'm talking about being a kid.
Things we had that were great
- Drive in movies
- Parents let us have a longer leash (less danger)
- knew how to have fun without technology
My kids have
- the ability to stay in contact with friends or family from anywhere.
- Information on anything they want to learn about via the internet.
- Parents who are aware of dangers like smoking and will try to keep them from such things.
- Microwave (I would have killed for one of these)
I realize that kids also can't hide things from us parents .We can see their grades on line ,track them with GPS on their cell phones. And every thing they and we do can be on Youtube in 30 seconds.
However they don't know any different like we do. So to them its the status quo .
I would love to be a kid now
All in all being a kid now has a lot of cool things that we did not have. I think to be a kid with the learning opportunities available today would be great .
I know this article could go on for hours about the differences between then and now.
That is kind of the point I hope to make you think and most of all smile at your own memories and how your kids live compared to how you lived as a kid.