My run through the late 1950s – SOLSC Day #14

Currently, children spend most of their time staring at their phones and tablets and very few play outside.  They are inundated with so much information and entertainment that they can spend hours looking at their device.  Many years ago, neighborhoods were alive with the sound of children playing kickball, chasing each other around, and riding bikes.  The playing all came to a halt when a mom or two yelled, “Dinner time.”  These are fond memories that I have of my childhood.

Over the last three days (runs), I have been reminded of these old times.  Each afternoon, I have run by the elementary school fields and playgrounds to find tons of kids swinging on the swings, playing on the monkey bars, shooting hoops, playing soccer on the side field, and chasing each other around the other baseball field.  I can hear the voices and laughter of the children two blocks before I even pass the school.  It is so refreshing.  It is so positive.  It puts a smile on my face.

See, my neighborhood, and the neighborhoods that surround my neighborhood, could be used as the setting in a remake of Leave it to Beaver or The Sandlot.  Each year, I forget this until spring is around the corner.  The fields and playground next to the school are vacant in the winter, but the minute the day light becomes longer, the temperatures rise, and the snow is melted, the children are back.  The residents are out in droves walking and running in the streets.  The neighborhood comes alive.  And I feel like I am running through the late 1950s and early 1960s.

As I walked back into the house and threw my sweaty hat and running coat (overdressed for a nice 40 degree March “Pi Day” afternoon) into the hamper, I felt good about my run and even better about the neighborhood.  It’s good to know that there are about one hundred kids (including my own) not staring at their phones this afternoon.


4 thoughts on “My run through the late 1950s – SOLSC Day #14

  1. I always love hearing the sounds of kids having fun playing outdoors. It brings me back to my childhood when we were only home for lunch and dinner. We had to be home by the time the street lights came on. I wish more kids got to experience the simpler things in life.

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  2. Kids being outdoors and playing is one of my favorite sounds. When spring comes and they are back outdoors it’s like they remember they have an imagination and cue all of the games on the playground. One day they are all astronauts on a mission but then the very next day they are trying to capture Pokemon. I’m so glad that you had sunshine today. We had snow here today.


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