I drove by a few parks and the swings hung like straight little soldiers. There were no squeals as little kids flew down the slipper slide. There were no screams from the merry-go-round. Just silence. And today wasn't the only day I noticed this. Where are the kids?
When I was a young girl we looked forward to summertime with such zeal. When we woke in the morning, we zipped through our chores, and out the door we went. In fact, even if it hadn't been our choice, our moms would have kicked us out the door. We raced as fast as we could to the playground gathering spot and planned the day. We didn't have to be back home until it started getting dark. Or mom called us with her whistle. We never missed that loud whistle.
We swung on the swings and reached for the sky. We pumped our legs to see who could get highest. Sometimes, if you were lucky, one of the brothers would push us. The idea was to go as high as you could and then jump from the swing and land on the ground. I am surprised no one ever broke a leg.
|an old playground|
When it got too warm, we would sit in the shade of the 'office' building and haul out the jacks. We hardly ever left home without them. I was always up for a game of onesies,
twosies, threesies. And after we were really good then we played No bouncie, Two bouncie or around the world. It was so much fun. And I was pretty good at it. I tried teaching my granddaughters when they were younger but they didn't stay with it for long.
|Pratt's swimming pool|
We had a huge park. Lemon Park. Where the baseball diamonds were. Where my brothers played and we went to watch. Mom would park the car in the outfield and watch from the car. My sister and I would run around catching fireflies and chasing other kids. I remember one summer mom signed me up for
|Lemon Park in Pratt|
|Pratt, Kansas water towers were labeled sometime in the 1950's|
I wonder, Where have all the children gone? Are they in the house watching TV. Playing XBOX. Texting on their phones. I am officially an old lady because I am missing the 'good old days'.
Do you ever wonder where the kids are when you are out and about? Do you see kids outside playing?