Things You First Enjoyed as a Child

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  1. Ruth Belena

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    As a child I was a great nature lover. The natural world was my main interest in life. I just could not get enough of being outside, exploring and discovering what was around me. I also read a lot of books on the subject. I also remember enjoying long walks in the country, first with my parents, then with friends or just me and my dog. My love of nature has never left me and I still enjoy walking, exploring and looking at what is around me in the great outdoors.

    Are there things that you first enjoyed doing as a child that you still like to do, or maybe you would like to start doing again?
     
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    Ruth, this is a great topic. I would like to be outdoors more. As a child, I enjoyed climbing trees in an area adjacent to my childhood home. In those trees I would dream of being the greatest tree climber who every lived. I would love to look across the yard from this 'special vantage perch' in the tree. The 'Swiss Family Robinson' movie was close in my thoughts during those fun days.
     
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    Except for reading, most everything I did as a child was outdoors. We lived on forty acres and I was related to everyone, so there were very few places that we couldn't go as children, to build shacks or forts. A small river cut across the corner of our pasture so we spent a great deal of time there. It was more of a creek actually, as far as size goes but, because it emptied into Lake Michigan, it was a river. We called it a creek (pronounced crick). We would move the rocks around, creating waterways for our toy boats to float through, and build forts for our toy soldiers. We could stage crayfish fights, although locally they were called crabs. Just west of the rocky area, there was a deeper part of the river where we could swim. We once built a submarine out of an old barrel, weighting it down enough so that it would (sometimes) sink only partway, without going all the way to the bottom, and would keep the water out for a while.

    Another part of the creek was wide and deep enough to serve as a community swimming hole, although it's looking pretty nasty right now, since kids don't play outdoors anymore. There, we had a rope that we could swing on before dropping into the water. That swimming hole was known as the cement bridge, differing it from the other nearby bridge, which was made of wood. The wooden bridge was too rocky, and there were broken bottles that kept anyone from going in there barefoot.

    Across the road from our house was a woods that happened to be the place where the town used to be, before a fire destroyed it during the same summer as the famous Chicago Fire. Deserted, and without even a road that led there anymore, the whole area had grown up into woods, but there were foundations of houses and an occasional wall, and sections of track. Best of all, the orchards had gone wild so there were apple trees, cherry trees, pear trees, plums, and even grape vines that had grown over trees and the ruins of old houses.

    We built shacks on the foundations of old houses, and camped overnight in them. Every year, when I was in elementary school, we would save up money to buy the materials for the summer shack, since we built a new one every year. One year, we formed a club in school, for which we collected dues, paid largely by people who didn't live near enough to us to ever use the shack that we were going to build with the money. We collected pop bottles, I saved the money from my Grit route, and by the start of summer, we had a collection of money that we'd take with us to the lumber yard to buy new lumber, nails, and tar paper for the roof. Many years later, I was thinking about it and realized why it was that we always had just enough money to buy what we wanted -- the owner of the lumber yard was giving it to us for whatever we had.

    There was Boy Scouts. My dad was the scoutmaster. During the year, there were weekend camping trips or other things through Boy Scouts and every summer, there was a week (sometimes two weeks) at Bear Paw Boy Scout Camp in Mountain, Wisconsin. When we had enough scouts in our troop, we would have our own campsite; otherwise, we'd share with the Marinette, Wisconsin troop, whose scoutmaster was the Marinette police chief, and one of my dad's best friends. Best of all, my dad wanted us to have fun, and didn't press us to win awards or anything. One year, we competed against the Marinette troop for last place. That was fun. When I was thirteen, I was eligible for a staff position, and got it. Unfortunately, that was the summer that my mom died.

    Within bicycling distance of our home were two good-sized rivers, the Menominee River and the Cedar River, both feeding into Lake Michigan, which was a bit of a trip, but one that we made by bicycle every now and then. The Menominee River was the larger of the two rivers, and fairly rapid. Some of my friends were afraid to try to swim across it, and it was a scary thing to do because about the time that it seemed like I couldn't go any further, it was as far to go back as it would be to continue forward, and the current would take us downstream a few miles before we could get across. We weren't supposed to try to cross the river and dad would sometimes read newspaper articles about kids who had drowned in the river but, in an area where I knew pretty much everyone, these dead kids were never anyone I had heard of so, frankly, I figured he was making it up.

    Cedar River was not as large, but it was a wild river. Very few people lived along the Cedar River. It was very rocky, and the current was much more rapid than that of the Menominee River. There were a few falls on it, and the banks of the Cedar River were brushy and stony. No one that I knew played along the Cedar River. We did build a raft once that we floated down the Cedar River, portaging it around the larger falls. Although white water rafting was not a sport then, that is largely what it was. We rafted all the way to where it flowed into Lake Michigan, then called my dad to come get us. There were three of us, and both of my cousins wouldn't dare call their fathers to say they were in Menominee, fifteen miles away.

    I am sure there are those who do but I don't think that kids, for the most part, play outdoors anymore, except for maybe in organized activities such as sports or camping trips. In many parts of the country, it is no longer safe to allow your kids to do some of the things that we did, which were not necessarily safe, but there was little or no fear that anyone was going to harm us.
     
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    I do think it's sad that children today don't have the same freedom that we enjoyed. My parents were not bothered about me being out all day with my dog or with a friend. Even when I arrived home one day in tears because a man had tried to kiss me, my mother didn't say anything more about it after I had assured her that it went no further than than. There were always bad people around, but parents today are much more aware of the dangers.

    Although some of your playful activities would have put you in danger of being injured, you were able to develop your imagination and sense of adventure in ways that kids today rarely do.
     
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    When ever I went some place I ran, my mom would ask me why I was always running. I just needed to see how fast I could run. I ran track in school and got a few awards.

    I agree that the kids today do not go outside enough, I have 4 brand new bikes in garage that do not get used because the kids are to busy playing video games. I say walk some place and you would think I had threatened them within an inch of their lives. When we can get them outside for some old fashion fun, they really enjoy them selves.
     
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    I loved reading and listening to music and plays on the radio when indoors, but spent a lot of time wandering around the fields near my home with a few other boys, up to no good at times I seem to remember, but we were so free in those days and feared nothing.
    I still enjoy the radio and listening to music and being outdoors, though I have stopped reading recently for some reason :(
     
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    My Grandpa bought me a color television. If I finished all my chores and homework I could watch it. I am an only child living with grandparents, so it was great going everywhere with them and getting to watch my television, drinking a Royal Crown cola and shoestring potatoes...loved it and have fond memories of it!
     
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    I loved playing outside, running through paths in the lightly wooded areas and Jump Rope! I loved jumping rope more than anything.
     
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    Pretty much the same as Ruby, we had woods behind our house and vines we could swing on. Other than that, jumping rope, playing hide and seek, jacks, tag, kick ball just to name a few.

    Inside with friends or alone it was playing house, school, cut outs and paper dolls. Those color form things were cool.
     
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    Oh yes, the paper dolls, loved them. We used to design dresses for them and color with crayons. I bet they were horrible, LOL.
     
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    Lol, I remember having the Lennon sisters as paper dolls and maybe Debbie Reynolds and a famous ice skater at that time and I can't think of her name.....maybe Sonja something? Maybe Dorothy Hamill, maybe she was later.

    We didnt have Barbies yet but I did have a madam Alexandra doll and another one that was sort of generic. I called her Maria, don't know why. My grandmother would sew doll clothes for her. Good memories. :)

    Just remembered another doll but this was the opposite of a small doll, this doll was almost as big as I was...think they were called Patty Play Pal or something. I'm going to google her and see what I find.
     
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    image.jpg Mine looked like this but the hair was shorter. They were 3 ft tall.
     
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    [​IMG] this was mine

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    I also had a Betsy wetsy and a tiny tears doll when I was younger. One of them had weird curly short hair that could be washed. I had forgotten about these dolls. Then there were the bride dolls that were popular, also had one of those. :)
     
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    I had a walking talking doll named Winnie when I was 5 yrs. old. The doll was okay, but I too enjoyed the outdoor life more. I was on a farm living with many animals, and I was such a tomboy.

     
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    Bonnie, she's a beauty.
     
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    Tiny Tears had the weird curly hair, lol I had a couple of them. The girls next door had Betsy Wetsys
     
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    My only doll looked like this.

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    There were lights that lit up and I think there was a ray gun that could be fitted into its hand. It would walk, and it would say...

    I'm Robby the Robot,
    The mechanical man.
    I walk and I talk,
    and I do what I can.
     
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    Phew Ken, before I saw the pic and just read the title I had a moment of terror that I would be seeing a blow up doll. :)
     
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    Wow..great memories here. I loved paper dolls and hopscotch, jacks, pick up sticks, and most of all my bike and roller skates. Remember riding your bike with "no hands"..haha..we thought we were so cool. I loved swimming a lot..all summer.
     
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    I also loved to play with cap pistols and cap bombs..

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    Oh Ruby..I remember those caps..they were so much fun :)
     
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    Anyone remember these candies? The ones we got were a single row of dots, all the same color, on a strip of paper, for a penny each. About 20 dots or so per strip, about a foot long. The dots could be picked off with fingers, or bitten off directly with the teeth. Frank

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    I remember those and lots of other candies from my youth. There are stores that sell many of them, always fun looking around in them.
     
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    I liked fishing when I was young and still do. I loved music and books and still do. And I loved babies, dolls and real ones,...still love the real ones today. :D
     
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