By Ellie Behman
With summer right around the corner, I think about how times have changed throughout he years. Activities were simple back in the day, filled with fun and imagination. My friends and I would throw blankets over the clothesline for makeshift tents. We packed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our backyard picnics and when the day’s heat became intolerable, out came the water hose and the fun continued. A heavy rain provided another fun activity, floating small boats in the rapidly rushing rivers below the curb.
We actually interacted with one another, face to face and shared secrets as best friends do. Today we have Facebook and secrets are no longer sacred. I had a little diary complete with a key that kept all of my thoughts private, but privacy does not prevail today. I do realize some good comes out of social media and I am also guilty of peeking in to see what’s going on in the world, but there is a limit to everything and there is something to be said for moderation.
I would love to see kids roller skating down the sidewalks as I did instead of walking along holding onto their phone as if they couldn’t live without it. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to see more kids enjoying summer days picturing faces in the clouds, playing jump rope, fishing, swimming and just breathing in the fresh air? I’m sure plenty of children are already doing these things but many are indoors glued to their computers and phones.
The summer months pass by quickly and should be taken advantage of. So kids, get outside, toss a blanket over the clothesline and enjoy some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Spend time with your friends, face to face, not Facebook, and share some secrets (only if you want to). I know you like to play video games or on your computers but why not wait and do it on the week end for short periods of time. Believe me, you’ll appreciate them a whole lot more.
Take it from this old dinosaur. You will be filled with so many happy memories and one day you, too, will be telling your children and grandchildren about those lazy, hazy, good old days of summer.
Ellie, a freelance writer for more than 40 years, has written more than 400 articles. She and her husband spend as much time as possible at their cabin where they enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. This is where the majority of her writing is done as it is the perfect quiet setting for a writer.