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Remembering I Can Still Play Outside All Day If I Want To…


Saturday, June 22, 2013

When I think of summer I think most of the days of my childhood. My sister and I would play outside from morning until evening, and even then continue playing into the early evening: Hide & Seek in the back yards of our suburban neighborhood (there were few fences and lots of trees) with a throng of kids of all ages. Many nights we would end up at a sleep over in someone’s back yard: 10-15 sleeping bags, lumps across the lawn. In the morning a mom would be up, and make breakfast for the crowd.

Mid summer my sister and I could pick a bowl of raspberries each from a neighbors garden; we ate them outside with milk and sugar. We also stole apples and pears from a neighbor’s orchard. I think they knew very well we were eating from their trees but we felt so sneaky!

We could read and do what we wanted for the most part. No homework “blighted” our days. Sometimes we set up games like Monopoly, Scrabble or Life and leave them up for days, or play them outside on a blanket with a transistor radio near by.

We had adventures in the woods that required packing lunches and heading out to a creek and back. Someone always fell in!

Other days we arrived at the local park for an all day adventure. Park leaders planned activities. We made papier-mâché puppet heads (papier-mâché over old light bulbs) and painted them. We played tetherball and played in wading pools.

I am a lot older now and sometimes I forget it’s perfectly fine to be outside all day, to play in the water, to hang out with friends and to eat raspberries outside. I really can let go of my adult responsibilities from time to time (decide not to have homework) and to fiddle around with art supplies, a card game, or a walk in the woods or park. Heck, I can even sleep outside under the stars!

Silly me!

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DEB9021 6/24/2013 8:36PM

    So true, and important to remember that children can still play all day, too. These days even kids have way too many commitments and planned activities. They need time to be creative and adventurous.

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DIBANANA 6/24/2013 9:10AM

  What a wonderful blog. We do tend to forget with our busy lives that we can play all day!

Nice to remember that!

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KLMEIRING 6/23/2013 1:41PM

    Thanks for the reminder of all of these things. It is good to remember and to play!

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MILLEDGE2 6/23/2013 8:09AM

    Thanks for the reminder that I don't have to be "serious" every minute...or every season! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/22/2013 10:37PM

    You're doing great! Go play!

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DESERTJULZ 6/22/2013 9:36PM

    You play! All people should make time for play. Today, I had the opportunity to pretend that I was in preschool and my 4 y.o. granddaughter was my teacher, drilling me on addition. :D

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DELPHYNE 6/22/2013 8:02PM

    emoticon We should always remember to play!

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CELIAMINER 6/22/2013 2:13PM

    Oh my, the memories you have awakened in me...even as I get ready to leave the computer and go back to a long to-do list (homework). Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/22/2013 1:43PM

    Fun memories. Kids and adults should make more time to play!

Great blog!

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SANDICANE 6/22/2013 12:22PM

    Oh boy...did you ever bring back memories!!! How lovely...what a lovely blog....

Cheers,
Sandi

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/22/2013 10:16AM

    Man, I miss Summer holidays.

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JEANNE229 6/22/2013 10:14AM

    This brought back so many fun memories of my own childhood, Toni. Thanks for doing that, and thanks for sharing.

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NANNABLACK 6/22/2013 9:56AM

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KANSASROSE67 6/22/2013 9:51AM

    I love this blog!!! My childhood was similar in many ways, although growing up on a farm there weren't bunches of kids handy to play with in a group. But my sister and I spent a lot of time playing outside and exploring in the pastures, helping my dad on my farm, reading, and being creative.

I so need to be reminded that it's still ok to play, just as you said. Thank you!

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CIRANDELLA 6/22/2013 9:49AM

    Be assured that you're not one single bit silly.

Enjoy your playing - all of it!

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KANOE10 6/22/2013 9:03AM

    That was a lovely blog and made me remember many lovely summer days when I was younger. Yes, it is perfectly fine to play all day and just enjoy life. Summer is a perfect time to do it as the weather is great.
I grew up on the beach so much of my time was spent in the water and in the sun!

Thanks for sharing some nice moments in your life,

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EWL978 6/22/2013 8:57AM

    Wouldn't it be wonderful!! You brought back so many happy memories!

AND, wouldn't it be wonderful if today's children were free and safe and could to the same? Doesn't happen today...the world is not the kind of place where a smart parent would allow a child to play outside for very long, no matter how "secure" you think the neighborhood is. Not if you love your child and want to continue to have them with you.

Anyways, thank you for the walk down memory lane. I truly enjoyed it.

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ERIN_ANN 6/22/2013 8:51AM

    I wish adults would "play" more. You enjoy life so much as a child. Why should being an adult be any different? I really like your post. There's lots of good summer blog posts right now and this one really made me feel like a kid again. emoticon

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