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These are my thoughts and opinions about life in general. I also get daily prompts from DSP which inspire me to write. If I throw in some scrapbook pages I've done, photos I've taken, and stories about me, you will have an idea about my loony life!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Childhood Play

I actually have 2 things I remember playing with that were my favorites. As for background information, I was a pretty lonely child and didn't have many kids to play with. My sisters were a lot older than me and when I got home from school we would eat dinner with my dad and then I had to practice my accordion. When I could go play, other kids were eating dinner and then it got dark. So I had to use my imagination and play by myself most of the time. My favorite toys consisted of an outdoor delight and an indoor delight.

First was a huge refrigerator box. I would imagine it was a castle and I was a princess. Somedays it would be a fairy tale cottage and I would get away from the big bad witch or wolf (depending on the day). It would be a hideway from the Indians and I was a cowgirl or the cabin of a pirate ship and I was a pirate. I just loved that box and it lasted forever (back then, time and size was pretty relative) or until my parents got tired of looking at it in the background and threw it away.

My inside treasure was my suitcase full of Legos (Boy, how they have changed in 40 years!). I would make phones and pretend I was talking to important people. Or I would pretend I was a secret agent and make all these neat gadgets. It would keep me entertained for hours. I miss things like that.

In today's world, kids don't seem to know how to use their imagination anymore. I have students write paragraphs where they have to use their imaginations and it about kills them! We have allowed them to watch so much TV and play videogames that they do not know how to expand their minds. It is really difficult to get them to dream of the future and what they hope to do with their lives. Sure, some of it may not be realistic, but reality has to begin with dreams. Oops! Sorry to get on my soapbox but I'm so worried about the children today who don't know the simple things in life. Remembering these toys brought such great memories!

8 comments:

faery-wings said...

Boxes were the BEST!
And ITA with you about kids and their lack of imagination, generally speaking. I was babysitting a few years ago, and the boy picked up my son's puppet. He looked it over and asked "where are the buttons?"

Laura Lou said...

I love boxes. Remember the children's bok, "Christina's Box"? I used to get a box in the classroom when we studied that book in second grade. I think I had as much fun as the students.

ArtcMom said...

Legos rock!!!!! I cannot wait until my kids are old enough to play with them. A great reminder to keep imagination as the best playmate in the world...

glynis said...

I was a LEGO kid too!! My kids love them and I think it's so good for them to use that God-given creativity to entertain themselves...great post, Pat!

Stacey said...

You play the accordian?

I love legos. The boys have the mega legos & I am always building forst & bridges out of them.

heather said...

It's so amazing how much fun kids have with boxes. My boys are always searching for boxes... Thanks for sharing a snippet from your childhood - I loved reading it!!

Zephanee said...

Legos are the best. Once my son could sit up and grab things, I bought him some of those huge ones. He is three now and still loves to build with them. His favorite thing to build is castles.

Meg said...

Ooooh, boxes and Legos! Nothing better! And go ahead and get on your soapbox anytime, I think you'll find that a lot of us agree!