Remember all the silly games you played in grade school? I don't know why, but as I was mowing endless rows of grass today, my mind went drifting back in time.
Simon Says, Mother May I, Red Rover. Do children even know these games? In neighborhoods with lots of kids you could hear the sing-song "Red Rover, Red Rover, send Lucy right over." The smell of fried pork chops would flavor the air, but the kids all ate as fast as they could to go out to play just one more game before bedtime.
I wonder if this memory is so sweet because it was so rare for me to experience this simple pleasure as I grew up. When my Dad had "shore duty" we would live in whatever city he was stationed near. This insured lots of kids in the neighborhood and lots of playtime. Most of the time, though, we lived with my grandparents while my Dad was on the ship for 9 months at a time. That meant isolation in a country dwelling.
I learned to create my own entertainment. No electronic games. We played board games. If you wanted to play solitaire, then you better hope that the lone deck of cards were not in the hands of someone like minded. TV was 3 stations and only two came in well on the black and white TV set we all sat around in the evening ....... with one small fan.
Wonder what my grandchildren would do if they suddenly transported back in time?
As if all the aching muscles were not enough to remind me of my age ........