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Remember when you were a kid and the sweet freedom that came when school was out for summer? A time filled with adventure soon followed.
Those were the days when you played outside until dark or until you accidentally buried your Yoda action figure in the flower garden and were too sad to play because he was lost. Maybe that was just me.
Bicycles came out of their school-year retirement and made countless loops up and down the road. Kids rode until they hit the magical invisible barrier mom deemed was as far as they were allowed to ride and then turned around to make the circle again. Back then, you didn’t dare go past the perimeters your parents placed on you.
The summer after “E.T.” hit theaters, my brother’s bike soon had a milk crate attached to the front, a common sight in those days.
We never had a pool, so running around the yard being sprayed by a water hose was the best way to cool off. The days you did get to visit the pool were priceless.
We’d go over to the farm and climb around on wagons and any downed tree became an instant playground. There are lots of adventures to be had on a farm.
Many times my grandparents would pull out the camper and take all the cousins camping sometime during the summer, which usually meant more bike riding, just at a lakeside location.
Most days we went out to play clean and came back in the house covered in dirt.
Thinking back on the fond memoires of summer outdoor play made me wonder if kids play outside anymore. In the age of iPods and video games, do kids spend more of their summer in the air conditioning watching a screen?
As I opened my windows for fresh, spring air over the past few days, the sweet sound of kids in the neighborhood playing made me smile. Kids still play outside and that is wonderful.
Can you imagine a world where children do not go outside and play? The soundtrack of summer never would be the same.
I love to hear the sound of kids playing and giggling outside. You get a glimpse into their imaginations and their world of adventure.
After a cookout at a friend’s house this week, we watched from the window as the kids sat on the deck outside and talked and giggled for a long time before coming back inside.
There’s just something about getting to go outside and play.
That’s why as adults we have porch swings and convertibles. We may not play like we did when we were kids, but we still like the feeling of being outside.
Whether playing a game in the yard, going for a drive in the sunshine or curling up in the swing with a good book, being outside just makes it better.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or email@example.com.