18.9.14

#8 - Differences

I grew up in a mining town, and we used to play tennis on this court - always had to wait to get on it.  All summer there was a game going on every diamond, rink, court, and empty lot  - a pile of bikes in the grass and the happy sound of kids playing games we organized ourselves.  When we couldn't find anyone to come out, we shot hoops or banged hockey pucks against the garage door or rode around until we found somebody we knew or made friends with someone we just met.

Half a century later, there are no mines, no bikes, no kids, and silence - that's the difference. Sad.


5 comments:

Patricia Reed said...

it is sad how childrens "play time" outside has changed ...

Deedie said...

The difference is a sad story. With a little work, the court would clean up good.

Gary said...

Tim, You describe a time when kids actually went outside for entertainment. Remember in the summer when you had to come in the house when the street lights turned on? Sad memories. Gary

Mary Nell said...

What a shame. Now it is video games or nothing. Great photo.

CoolRich said...

I agree with Mary Nell. I think kids today are cooped up in their houses playing video games. No evidence to support this other than what I see from my nieces and nephews.

Like others have said, I have great memories of bolting out the door on a summer morning and only reluctantly coming home in the evening because the street lights had come on.