I have never heard of 8 and 9. Are ankle elastics, those plastic cups on a plastic tether with an ankle loop at the
end? I remember our daughter had a set of those. All of
the other things on the list, I remember playing or doing.
I remember playing, Red Rover, where we threw a big
ball over our garage to kids on the other side. And whomever
caught the ball, I think came over to the other side and got his
turn at tossing the ball too. Surely there had to be more to
playing that game?
I remember Red Light/Green light, Simon Says and marbles. And having a 'steelie'. And trading marbles too.
I also remember two summers in a row, that we had a parade. I had the idea and passed the word along. Whatever
we could decorate, we entered in our parade. One or two
had wagons and they put dolls and stuffed animals in them
and decorated with crepe paper and made streamers. One
girl had some fancy ballet costumes she loaned to me and
another girl, so we could be baton twirlers in a fancy costume.
Someone always had a drum of some kind to bang, as we
would walk down our street in single file. We would sing or
blow paper horns. Just anything we thought musical. And
the summer we stopped having a parade, another group of
kids started their own, on the next block. But it wasn't nearly
as fun to see, as our parades had been. And there weren't
any pretty costumes like ours had. But we were growing older
and had better things to do by then.
I remember taking a drive on summer evenings to the air-
port, to watch the planes come in. It was such a common
thing to do, that there was a snack bar truck that would park
and wait for customers to drive in. We'd get a soft drink or
maybe even a bag of popcorn, or an ice cream bar and be
entertained by the propeller planes that would fly down to the
runway and taxi. It would be fun at night to see the lights
from above and see another plane waiting to come down
For some reason, my family never took me to a drive in
theatre. We only went to walk ins'. And we seemed to go often. I went to alot of movies because there wern't baby
sitters back when I was little. Just grandmas' LOL. And
grandmas' were never available at night, in my case. So I
would go along without any complaints.
I remember lonely rainy days, and not leaving our front porch. I would take my play dishes and play in the dirt and mud in the flower beds beside the front porch, and pretend I was cooking food. Although I played in the dirt, somehow i managed to never get myself dirty and get into trouble with
my mother, who expected me to stay as clean as when I
went outside. Thank heavens she didn't have a boy to raise.
Thanks for reminding me of the good old days, when I didn't
have a care in the world.