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The days are long....

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

On our way back from the grocery store this am, I saw a young boy riding a bike and way behind him, was a girl trying to keep up. . I assumed their were a brother sister team. I smiled slightly for they triggered memories of my Summer days.

My brother and I always made use of our Summers. TV was only for rainy days and we spent our days OUTSIDE. We would rise early and ride our bikes all day long. We always tried to see how many 50 mile days we could accomplish before school started up in the Fall. When our parents came home from work...the BBQ;s and swimming at the lake were in order.

Bedtime was early in our household. We would fall asleep listening to the Tiger game on our transistor radios...and dream of the day to come.

I am sure there was turmoil in the world in the 70's, but we were oblivious to that fact. We enjoyed our world.

I try to capture peace of mind and value life today. Sometimes...it can be a struggle in today's times...but I try.

As we passed the young kids today riding their bikes this am......I whispered in my mind...and called them Mary and Bill and wished them the best Summer ever. I prayed they could always keep their Summer Smiles...and warned them ..that may not always happen , but try to focus on nature and they shall find their way back once again.
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  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
    We didn't have time to watch TV. Plenty of chores to get done. Making hay when the sun shines, fixing equipment on rainy days. Going to school for us was our vacation. Get the cows milked before the bus.
    In the summer ride our bikes in the pasture to bring the cows up to the barn; etc.

    Nowadays, with so many fears to leave children unattended, the TV, computers, etc. are the babysitters. emoticon
    1119 days ago
    Great blog and reminder of those 'simpler' times...

    Carpe Diem

    1120 days ago
    Good blog! My childhood was the same. Always out with friends doing something. I'm glad that my grandkids love to be outdoors running around outside all year long. It's good for kids to get out of the house & off their ipad/phones/watching tv.
    1120 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/5/2018 1:44:01 PM
    I was also an outdoor child. We only went home for meals and had to come home when the street lights came on at night. Kids now days will never experience the fun we had. I remember we would stay in someone's garage and make boats during a rain storm and then go out and play with our boats in mud puddles. Some times our boat would be a piece of wood but in our mind it was a boat. Oh the imaginations we had! Thanks for the memories!
    1120 days ago
    Our house was the same. No TV, no video games, just hiking and biking and swimming and playing.
    1120 days ago
    Thank you for your s blog. I also spent some great summers with my brothers and sisters riding bikes. emoticon
    1120 days ago
  • PDTB58
    We were outdoors kids too...miss my brothers....🙁
    1121 days ago
    funny....as I see others have said~~how one person's reminiscing makes the reader do the same about their childhood summers~~
    Thanks for this Mary~~ emoticon
    1121 days ago
  • no profile photo EVIE4NOW
    You made me dig up my childhood memories. So many and I also had a big brother. Bike riding, hiking, and baseball and hide and seek with the neighbors. No computers or cell phones so the street lights were how we knew it was time to call it a night.
    1121 days ago
    Sweet, sweet memories of my childhood, too. We spent our summers outdoors also.It was a wonderful way to grow up.

    Now it is rare to see kids playing outside, sadly. They're watching TV, glued to the computer, got the phone attached to their head . . . anything but playing outside.

    1121 days ago
    It does seem that we had a more peaceful time and were less aware of all the dangers from afar.
    1121 days ago
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