Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

July 25, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:42 am


The children of today are missing out on lots of fun!  They do not know about the simple things with which to play.  They would never dream of playing the simple games of yesteryear. 


Since I am classified as a baby boomer, I remember how much fun it was just to play games or play with an imaginary friend.


Some of my earliest memories bring thoughts of Ring Around The Roses, London Bridge, and Red Rover.  London Bridge and Ring Around The Roses had songs that we sang as we played.  When we played Red Rover, the boys and girls would line up together and form a hand chain. Then we took turns saying “Red Rover, Red Rover, let Susie or Johnny come over”. Then the one who was called would run over to try to break the chain.  The winning chain had the longest line.


In the late 1950 hula hoops became the popular toy.  Kids of all ages wanted one and we were even allowed to take them to school to play with during recess.


Little boys would come to school with their pockets full of marbles or jacks. They would dig a small hole in the ground and then get so many feet away from the hole and try to shoot as many marbles as they could in the hole.   They also loved to pitch washers and sometimes, horseshoes.


Little girls enjoyed making playhouses by laying sticks to mark off the outline of the house and rooms.  Sometimes we used leaves and branches for dishes on which to serve our mud pies.


Children of yesteryear enjoyed playing hopscotch and Mother, May I.  We also would spend hours searching for four-leaf clovers.  Sometimes we would lace flowers together to put in our hair and pretend we were fairies.


Mumbly Peg was a favorite game to play with a pocket knife.  If a child took a pocket knife to school today, he would be sent home! It was fun to catch lightning bugs and put them in a jar and see how bright the light would be.


At our house, we played dominoes, Old Maids, Pick Up Sticks, Scrabble and ping-pong.  We put together jigsaw puzzles and played with Slinkies.


My young friends and I had fun cutting out paper dolls from the McCall’s magazine and Sears Roebuck catalogue.  One of my sister’s favorite games was to play hide and go seek. We would try to hide so that our boy cousins could not find us.  One would cover their eyes while the others ran to hide.  It was more fun to play at night.


After a hard day of playing outside, we would come in the house, eat supper, get ready for bed, do our homework, then we were treated to a snack of popcorn and kool-aid or cookies and milk.


Children of today miss out on the joy of reading books such as The Bobbsey Twins, Heidi, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew mysteries, and Little Women.  Who could ever forget the Little Golden Books such as The Poky Little Puppy, Pantaloon and the Night Before Christmas. 


It is my hope that this column will bring back happy memories of childhood days to my readers who are now considered to be seasoned adults.


Today’s technology has robbed children of the pleasures that gave the baby boomers a life on the bright side.


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