“Childhood is a short season.” ~Helen Hayes
“When we protect children from every possible source of danger, we also prevent them from having the kinds of experiences that develop their sense of self-reliance, their ability to assess and mitigate risk, and their sense of accomplishment.” ~Gever Tulley
My sisters and I shared wonderful experiences in the 1970’s. This was a decade where children could be free. When the sounds, tastes and smells were wonderful with a heightened sense of joy. We did not have parents or grand parents running after us, urging caution. We were not fearful or worried. We skipped and jumped for the pure delight of it.
Maybe I was lucky to have an unusual family. Perhaps bordering on being hippies? Maybe my parents were too young to know better. But somehow, by luck or by sheer cleverness, we managed through without any serious injuries. In fact, we thrived.
I can remember, so often, being told to “go play”. Which, (I now know from being a Mother), was also code for “leave me alone for 5 minutes”. But, we didn’t know that then. We took the directive to heart. Go play, have fun, be children. Do what kids do best, live in the moment.
Imagine the joy of riding on a plastic duck?
Standing free and clear on those old school camp chairs? Cooking your own marshmallows over a fire?
Have you ever cracked open peanuts with the back of a hatchet?
Planting your feet to keep from sliding off the merry-go-round?
Trampolines with no cages around them?
A slide that was 4 times as big as you?
I guess we weren’t the only family who experienced the 1970’s in this way: