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#1 posted 12-17-2011 07:32 PM

Fun was taking off Saturday morning, after chores were done, to go play in the woods with a bunch of buddies. We’d play army, hide and seek, king of the hill, etc. At lunch we would get some squirrels, grouse or fish and cook them over a little campfire we made from our training in Boy Scouts. When lunch was over we made sure our campfire was completely put out and we would go back to playing. When it started getting dark, we would all get together and plan our next outing Sunday after chores and Church then we would go back out and have fun again. We had 1 black and white TV channel from 4:30pm until 10pm. There was always a 1.5 hour block for news. Then there was Lawrence Welk for an hour. Didn’t leave much time for kids programming. Oh well, we didn’t even care because we were getting our homework done or planning our next outing in the woods.

In the winter we would turn our local playground into a skating rink and all the kids and their parents would have a blast ice skating. No parents ever thought about filing a lawsuit because some bratty kids had turned the playground (covered in snow) into a skating rink making it impossible for their kids to play on the swings…..

In fall a bunch of us would take our BB guns and 22’s and go the local landfill and practice shooting. No one was ever injured because we knew how to handle firearms safely.

I miss those days a lot. Now if the computer, TV or video games aren’t working kids might as well stay in bed. It’s not worth it to them to get up…. :-(

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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