When people refer to ‘Back in the Day,’ it was a Wednesday. Just a little fun fact for you. – Dane Cook
Today is LUCKY PENNY DAY!!! I remember being taught about lucky pennies when I was a little girl. There was a little rhyme that we used to say. Maybe you remember hearing this in the movie “Grease”:
Find a penny, pick it up – all day long you’ll have good luck!
Simple pleasures like finding a penny on the sidewalk are slowly fading away. As I get older, it gets easier for me to write about the past because there is increasingly more of it to write about! While life goes on today, as it must, my mind can’t help but go back in time when life was not so difficult.
Kids today will never know the simplicity I knew as a child – and while that is alright, part of me thinks that perhaps they are missing out on an opportunity to use imagination and creativity. Today we buy kids games and there is nothing left to the imagination and all the kids need to really know how to do is press buttons to make things happen.
When I was growing up we had to be self-starters and create our own play environment. I once built a pretend house in my back yard using hammer and nails, with leftover scrap lumber from my daddy’s construction job. It was horrible, of course, and did not stand for a very long time – but it was my concept and the idea was completely my own.
The ability to let your mind wander about and create something from nothing is a great talent. Back in the day kids did not have much choice. Of course, in the early 1970’s, something called “Atari” flooded the market and my generation got hooked on Pong.
So goes the beginning of the end of personal creativity as we knew it. I’m sad and I grieve the loss.
The activities that children take part in now will be the attributes they carry with them into adulthood. There is definitely something wonderful about raising a child with creativity and imagination. Einstein said that imagination will take you further than knowledge. I want to challenge parents to think about that. The next time you think you need to buy your child the next big toy or gadget, stop and think about how that will either encourage or discourage your child’s imagination.
My folks used to take me to the local TG&Y store and let me look around for the whole day! I got to choose one new toy and it was the most important decision of my life, or so I thought at the time. It was never two toys – just one. Narrowing that down to one – wow, it was tough.
I had a Slinky! It met with an untimely demise one day when it got a little twisted up. It’s a painful memory and I’d rather not talk about it. LOL!!! My Chatty Cathy doll was the blonde one. She talked just fine until one day the string came out and refused to go back in. When I was a kid there were games that sparked the imagination like Operation and Chinese Checkers. I had an Easy Bake Oven and cooked Incredible Edibles. There were toys that kept us active like the hula hoop and the tire swing hanging from the tree in the back yard. An old-fashioned bicycle is still the best toy for my money. Helmet? We don’t need no stinking helmet! LOL!!! 🙂