posted on Jan, 1 2012 @ 10:56 PM
I miss how safe it all seemed back then. I would go ice skating almost every Saturday, for most of the day, at the local rink. Mom would drop me off
there when they opened and come pick me up later, well into the afternoon. I was safe, I skated the whole time, it was great! Now, I would never allow
a child in my care to even consider that!
I could leave the house to go play all day and as long as I called home or stopped home every 3 to 4 hours to check in, and was home by twilight, all
was well and I had freedom. We played in parks, or ran in races, or rode bikes, or just used our imagination to play.
Remember actual roller skates, not inlines? Big clunky boots on them and four wheels. I lived at the bottom of a really big hill and would skate to
the top, squat down on my skates, and FLY down that hill. It was fantastic! Of course, I was also walking a long distance to school, crossing a major
intersection, but back then, it was safe and all of the kids did it. If you lived less than two miles away from the school, you walked, period.
Yeah, the Cold War was going on and tensions were very high with the (then) USSR. That didn't corrupt the innocence of kids though. Somewhere along
the way, that all changed and we lost that.
Great list, loved it Jude!