We were talking at work today about how things were when we were growing up. This is something I vowed I would never do when I used to listen to my Dad talking about how things were when he grew up. I dont know--I used to be bored with it and I really didnt believe a lot of things he said. You know the stories, how they walked 5 miles to school in the snow and crap like that. For one, it never snows here. here was also a story about playing baseball with a rock and a stick. I understand now why he liked to talk about that kind of stuff. I think kids today sometimes miss out on the simple fun we used to have. We didnt have video games, computers, cell phones, etc. TV was limited also. So we did other things. We ha a lot of good times.
One of the things we used to do was go find tadpoles. We would go down by the creek and find a low lying area where water stood almost all the time. There would be tadpoles in that water and we would take a gallon jug and scoop them up in there. Then we would proudly take them home to mother and show them off. My mother is a saint. She would look at that jug filled with muddy water and tadpoles and let us sit it on the kitchen counter. We would feed the tadpoles fish food and crackers. Over the days and weeks that past, we watched the tadpoles grow little legs and get bigger and bigger. Right before the time that they would become frogs, we would take them back to the mud hole and release them. We did this almost every spring and would always be fascinated watching them grow. Mother never complained about that nasty stinky jug on her counter. I guess she knew that we were learning at the same time we were having fun.
I dont think kids do stuff like that anymore. If they do I never hear about it. But we had tons of fun back when we were kids. It is one of those childhood memories that make me smile.
What kind of childhood memories do you have? I would love to hear about them.