We Were Tougher Kids!
The picture with the two YOUNG 17 year-old girls on either side of the Snowbear is me (left) and my good friend in my front yard. We were supposed to be studying Gr. 12 Chemistry but we just had to play!Today is the most beautiful, crisp, bright, sunny, snow-covered day we've had so far this winter ........and we kept all the kids indoors all day due to the -27 C temperature. What a crime!
The fact that kids these days don't dress properly for this weather might have been an additional factor! Grade 7's and 8's think it's uncool to wear boots, hats, scarves, or mitts, so if we did have outdoor recess, they'd just be hanging around the doors trying to sneak inside.
Why, I remember some of my fondest memories of childhood were of days just like this! We bundled up in everything imaginable and went out for hours with all the neighbourhood kids. We'd build amazing snow forts from the high piles of snow the snowplows left in an old hydro field. Kids of every age were divided into teams and made the snowball ammunition behind their trench of defense. After a fresh snowfall, we'd all gather in this field and one of the oldest kids would trudge through the snow to lay down the track needed for **fox and the hare game. Of course, there were plenty of snow angels made while you gazed up at the tall pines and heard the owls hooting. Then, as darkness fell, we'd all hear our parents call us in for a meal!!
The streetlights had come on and this too, was our signal.
Several scenes of winter activities are literally FROZEN in my mind! (Oh yeah, and I'm pretty sure I walked at least 2 miles to school too!!) And I'd be out there right now making up yet another game in the snow if I could.But no one can come out and play! Guess, I'll just hang out, drink hot chocolate, and watch Curly, Larry, and Moe!!
Mother of Invention, in my warm, sunny, and cosy computer room!
** The name of this game escapes me...the track is a circle with different pathways leading into the centre from the outside circular track. Anyone remember? Fox and Goose?