With this eternal winter looming over us, I can’t help but think about summer. When I think about summer, it brings up some wonderful memories of summers long ago. It’s those summers of the past that cause me to feel bad for kids today. Sure they are equipped with some of the coolest technology that enables them to have a lot of fun. But I know for a fact that their fun can’t even compare to the fun I had every summer when I was young. Our technology consisted of two games systems (you were either a Sega kid or Nintendo), AOL IMing was the coolest way you could chat, and our phones only made calls. So we had to rely on our friends (be it the many cousins I had as neighbors or all the other children on the block) and the outdoors for entertainment.
– We only needed one tool…our imagination. With our imaginations we could do or be anything. We were Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the coolest babysitters, and gourmet chefs.
– Our games weren’t ones you played while sitting down. We played everything from Ghosts in the Graveyard to Capture the Flag to our made up game, Cat and Mouse.
– We didn’t listen to our music through headphones. We pulled out that boom box CD player and rocked out on the sidewalk for all to see, blasting some of the best 90’s music.
-Our hangout spot was local. Either my dad built backyard sandbox or the 3 foot collapsible pool or one of our neighbors front porches.
– Age wasn’t an issue. You could have been as young as 5 or as old as 13. Didn’t matter as long as you knew how to have a good time.
-Modes of transportation changed as you got older. You started out riding your bike, then you progressed to ‘blading’, and you knew you were a cool preteen when you simply walked endlessly around the neighborhood with no particular destination.
-Staying out until it was 10:00 was awesome. You knew you messed up when mom told you that there was no going back outside after dinner, but all it took was several knocks at the front door to quickly change her mind.
With days like today, those fun-filled days feel like eons ago, but they were some of the best memories of my life. So, no matter how many game systems are available or what kinds of crazy things phones can do, I still feel bad for kids these days because they have no idea what they are missing out on!