For their deepest hopes, into religion and mysticism such is poured.
Politics receives the most ardent loyalties
... and love is bestowed upon pets.
Gadgets, automobiles and take-out food receives the fruits of our toil
While Time, Free time (the best slice of that one-thing unrenewable), is reserved for gawking at screens
This leaves but one question; after these things, what is left for each other?
Thoughtful insight Khethil. Remarkable! It was not always this way though what I remember was better before television invaded the home and allowed us to view all we didn't have. Let's go back a little shall we:
Before the internet, the PC or the Mac
Before semi-automatics and crack
Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari...
Before cellphones, CD's, DVD's, voice mail and e-mail...
Go way, way, way back and....
We played hide and seek
at dusk, Red light, Green light, Red Rover....
Playing kickball & dodgeball until the first....no.....second....no
....the third street light came on.
Ring around the Rosie...London Bridge...Hot potato.....chase....You're it! Blind man's bluff.....Hop Scotch....Jump Rope.
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled
(or whistled) for you to come home-no pagers or cell phones.
May I....take one giant step
Seeing shapes in the clouds
Endless summer days and hot summer nights
Windows open......the sound of crickets.
Running through the sprinkler
Cereal boxes and cracker jacks with a GREAT
Popsicles that you could half and share with
Watching Saturday Morning cartoons
Tom & Jerry, serial adventures
Captain Midnight, The Cisco Kid, The Lone Ranger
Amos and Andy, Our Gang, Howdy Doody and Captain Kangaroo reminding us to use the magic words-Please and Thank You.
Catching lightin' bugs in a jar.
Bedtime prayers and good night kisses
and sweet dreams.
Swinging as high as you could in the park
burning your bottom on the slide in the summer.
Mosquito bites and sticky fingers...
Jumpin down steps, playing in the rain....
Jumpin' on the bed
Laughing so hard your stomach hurt....sitting on home made ice cream maker and freezing you butt off.
Being tired from playing.
Work was taking out the garbage, Cutting the grass, or the neighbors for a dollar, washing the car and doing the dishes.
Your first crush and kissing with your mouth closed
and you eyes open and the only pornography was National Geographic magazine.
Rainy days at school and the smell
damp concrete, chalk erasers, and the smell
of crayola's in a cigar box.
Kool aid was the drink in the summer and so was a swig from a water hose.
Givng your friends a ride on your handlebars of your bicycle, knowing where all the kids lived and ringing the doorbell to see if they could come out and play.
Attaching cardboard to you bike frame with a clothes pin reaching
the spokes to sound like a motorcycle
Wearing new shoes and getting blisters, going bare footed and stumped toes.
Eating soggy sandwiches in a paper bag
Your Mom was home when you got home from school
When a quarter was a weekly allowance
When any parent could discipline any kid
, or feed him, ou use him to carry groceries and
nobody not even the kid thought anything of it
when your parents took you to the cafeteria
and it was a real treat.
When being sent to the principal's office was
nothing compared to what was waiting for you
when you got home.
We weren't afraid of shootings, drugs, gangs
just did not want Mom or Dad mad at us.
Decisions were mede by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"
mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming "do over"!
Race issues meant arguing about who ran the fastest
Having two or three best friends was ok.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex
Nobody was prettier than Mom.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
Getting a foot of snow was really something.
A 'double dog dare' made you brave...
Spinning around and getting dizzy and falling down was
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team
Water balloons were the greatest weapons and and there was a Dad present on Fathers Day and hearing the dreadful warning wait until your Dad gets home.