Monday, July 6, 2015

On The Quest To "Cure" Boredom... Just Go Outside

Some days we only had...

one bicycle
a pair of skates and
a JC Penny catalog

but we figured out how to make it work

because it was summertime
we were together
and there was no such thing as being "bored"

With one bicycle we could...

take turns

giving each other rides on the handlebars
pulling the other one wearing the pair of skates

or

chasing stray cats back down the alley


With a pair of skates we could...

share them

each wearing one while sporting a tennis shoe on the other foot to

run
run
run

glide

Or we could always...

play jacks
jump rope
hopscotch
eat Captain Crunch
read magazines
act out scenes from our favorite movies
make up our own
chase down the ice cream truck
run through the sprinklers
wash the car
sing
dance
do cheers
make up drill team routines
look through each other's yearbook
talk about boys

and people watch

Then after all of that...

when we got

hot
hungry
tired

we could retreat

into my grandmother's house to eat fresh meatloaf sandwiches
into her mother's kitchen for bowls of chicken rice-a-roni
then back to my grandmother's for vanilla ice cream and butter cookies

Until finally...

plopping down into her father's rocking chair
opening her mother's JC Penny catalog across our laps
and playing "I got that"

But kids today don't know nothing about that

they'd rather

tweet
text
talk to "friends" on social media

instead of enjoying the people that are actually in the same

neighborhood
house
room

with them

They'd rather

lay around
look around
complain of boredom

when all they need to do is get up and...

just go outside!

 
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2 comments:

  1. I love this, Tondra! What great ideas! You're bringing back memories because my childhood was similar. Now kids think they can't go skating unless EVERYONE has their own pair! :-)

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  2. Yes, Betsy! I want my children to also learn how to be resourceful because when we were kids we made it work... and we had a blast! Thanks for reading and sharing.

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