want to walk far, walk together!
My great grands have many toys. Most children today have more than enough toys for a childhood. Any child can have most of the toys they desire picked up at yard sales for pennies on the dollar and hardly used.
We took an illegal trip across the Rio Grande for $5 round trip once. We went into the small town of Bacchius (?). I didn't see an abundance of toys. The homes did not have running water there were communal faucets and also communal toilets. Most of the adobe homes had dirt floors.
(This little girl was our guide for the day.)
We did not see an abundance of toys there. Many Hispanic folk here in the states buy at yard sales and take the stuff home to Mexico.
I don’t know about today, but as a child we played in the streets. It was especially fun under the few street lights that existed. Games like hide and seek, kick the can, and just plain-old tag. I remember seeing pictures of kids in NYC playing in the streets. That is about impossible around here, surely it is tough to play in the streets in NYC.
|ball in the street!|
Why this came up? I was thinking of our entertainment as we walked around the camp ground in Williamsburg. I saw a man and his son ‘pitching ball’. I can remember passing ball for hours at a time. Just pitch and catch. Basketball wasn’t a big thing, but today kids can shoot baskets for hours on end.
Many times our ‘baseball’ was nothing more than a wad of string covered with two thousand wraps of black tape. There were only a few bats (except at school) so we used a strong stick or a Weaver’s paddle from a weave mill.
Kids do get some physical activity now, but they get more time on the ‘smart phone or tablet’. I am not fussing. In the past it would have been ill mannered for kids to text or talk on the phone an entire dinner. Of course manners have changed over the years and I am behind. And now my Mama is not here to tell me, or I would know.