I have some fond memories of the good ol' days, but there was just as much "bad" in them, and in some aspects maybe more.
Those were the days you dared not speak out against an abusive clergy member or authoritative figure like a teacher. I witnessed some horrendous
things done by teachers, and no kid dared speak out.
I think the old days had a lot of repression against speaking out against authority figures who abused their positions of power and trust. These days
it easier for kids to feel they don't have to take it, and there is much more counseling and support for kids if they are experiencing difficult
situations of any kind.
Yes, there was a neighborhood community with lots of kids that played with each other, but unfortunately there was also the odd creepo neighbor who
liked to play creepy inappropriate games with neighborhood children. Back then I remember it was just handled as "so and so" has a bit of a
'sickness", and swept under the rug.
The summers were long, and hot, and boring. If you were a family just getting by, they were spent at an overly crowded public pool, with maybe a two
week vacation at a lake, or a long boring car trip too far away, in a car that was equally as crowded as the pool.
(second hand comic books
bought from the neighborhood kids was the only thing that stopped a world war from breaking out in the back seat)
I never enjoyed cow tipping, just for fun, or torturing insects, though my brother did like to start ant hills on fire.
I did enjoy reading books, and that is what kept me happy through the boredom. Artwork as well.
There was more freedom, and less fear about letting your kids out and about, but kids did go missing back then as well.
I'm sure everyone has their own unique experiences from back in the good ol' days, and its great that many have mostly great memories, but I think
the same can be said for kids of today. Some will be talking like these were the good ol' days at some point, and maybe they will be, compared to
what the future may hold for them, or by what they experienced.