Life

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I remember those days like it was yesterday.

Running around in shorts and t-shirts in the sunshine. Kicking the football until it was time to go home for dinner. Riding our bikes and exploring the world around us. Creating new adventures with nothing but a stick in hand and an imaginative mind. Scaring each other with ghost stories after dark. Just because it was amusing to feel spooked. Getting drenched in the rains and splashing around in puddles. Walking barefoot with shoes in our hands trying to befriend the neighbourhood cats and dogs.

Life was good. Fun, carefree, filled with hope and dreams. Nothing could go wrong it seemed.

Sure, there were broken teeth as a result of trying to ride a bike with no hands and no legs. Or a hurt stomach after saving a goal with that instead of your hands. An eye patch or two from peering into a weed a bit too closely or rubbing eyes after playing with a chilli plant. Or broken glasses and a scar on the nose as a result of falling off the slide face down. And a zillion scrapes, cuts and bruises from living life the way a child should.

I remember those days like it was yesterday.

I look at children these days with a twinge of sadness.

Most of them don’t know what it is like to be a child. They live in a world filled with stress and anxiety. Where they are, for valid reasons, taught to be afraid of strangers. Where they are wrapped up so tightly in cotton wool that a bump on the head from riding a bike is next to impossible. Where losing control on roller blades and scraping your knees is unimaginable. Where kicking a football is not a common occurrence. Where instead, they prefer staring vacantly at screens. Where imagination doesn’t exist and everything is fed to the brain. Where getting dirty in the mud rarely occurs. Where safety takes precedence. To unusual degrees.

I look at children today and know that most aren’t living the life of a child.

Most have had to grow up way before their time.

I remember those days like it was yesterday…

…and I’m thankful I was a child then and not now.

What about you? What memories do you remember?

Do share!

***Written as part of the Weekly Writing Prompt and linking up with Thankful Thursday***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

 

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  • frizztext
    August 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I agree, “I look at children these days with a twinge of sadness…”
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  • frizztext
    August 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I agree, “I look at children these days with a twinge of sadness…”
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  • Francesca
    August 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I remember playing in the backyard for hours with my sister, making imaginary bases and making “potions” out of clover on the lawn.

    Thankfully, my kids are happy playing out in the yard together, using their imaginations and having FUN!

    Thanks for linking up ☺
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  • Francesca
    August 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I remember playing in the backyard for hours with my sister, making imaginary bases and making “potions” out of clover on the lawn.

    Thankfully, my kids are happy playing out in the yard together, using their imaginations and having FUN!

    Thanks for linking up ☺
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  • Vivienne
    August 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I was a very imaginative child too; I practically lived in my own world. It upsets me seeing kids as young as eight walk around with iphones, sipping redbull. It makes me mourn the loss of the next generation’s childhood. I’m glad mine was void of all of today’s excesses.
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  • Vivienne
    August 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I was a very imaginative child too; I practically lived in my own world. It upsets me seeing kids as young as eight walk around with iphones, sipping redbull. It makes me mourn the loss of the next generation’s childhood. I’m glad mine was void of all of today’s excesses.
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  • Sheela
    August 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Our most popular topic is to go into the retrospect and bring it to life by hunting the exciting and adventurous episodes from our childhood, but at the same time my heart aches when I think about our next generation…. Will they have enough material of such sort to discuss with each other? Our kids almost live in the electronic world; they can pass their whole day in an electronic environment without noticing their family members and without even getting bored.

    Your post relates very well to this harsh reality….. Great job!
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  • Sheela
    August 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Our most popular topic is to go into the retrospect and bring it to life by hunting the exciting and adventurous episodes from our childhood, but at the same time my heart aches when I think about our next generation…. Will they have enough material of such sort to discuss with each other? Our kids almost live in the electronic world; they can pass their whole day in an electronic environment without noticing their family members and without even getting bored.

    Your post relates very well to this harsh reality….. Great job!
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  • Amelia @ chai a cup of life
    August 10, 2013 at 4:27 am

    As a kid I used to make up games with my sisters or friends, spend hours at the beach and forget to eat lunch, compete to athletics carnival/comps nearly every weekend, watch ;home and away’ on TV (sorry to admit this, but I used to love the show as a kid) and read book after book!!

  • Amelia @ chai a cup of life
    August 10, 2013 at 4:27 am

    As a kid I used to make up games with my sisters or friends, spend hours at the beach and forget to eat lunch, compete to athletics carnival/comps nearly every weekend, watch ;home and away’ on TV (sorry to admit this, but I used to love the show as a kid) and read book after book!!

  • Janine
    August 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I totally agree. Add in the mix iPhones, iPods, youtube, etc. kids ARE seeing things way too early!

    I remember ‘growing’ frogs in a tub out back, putting on dance shows for my mum courtesy of The Bangles and a more innocent Madonna, watching toons till midday on a Saturday, rollerskating, emerging myself in TV Hits magazine and so forth to learn the words to the latest songs…ah the simple life.
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  • Janine
    August 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I totally agree. Add in the mix iPhones, iPods, youtube, etc. kids ARE seeing things way too early!

    I remember ‘growing’ frogs in a tub out back, putting on dance shows for my mum courtesy of The Bangles and a more innocent Madonna, watching toons till midday on a Saturday, rollerskating, emerging myself in TV Hits magazine and so forth to learn the words to the latest songs…ah the simple life.
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