Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rural Play

What can a child do for play when he or she lives far into the countryside?

Learn how to ride a tricycle.

Make friends with the grandparents- and the dog. "Come here, Poochy, Poochy. Let's go inside."

Make friends with all living chickens.
"They will never take your head, I swear, not as long as you keep this string on your leg."

Make friends with aunts who own hula hoops.
"Is that doll walking?"

Make friends with your own dolls. "Shh, don't tell the others, but you are my favorite."

Finally, when all else fails.


Significance of Entertainment: When I was a child, I certainly used my imagination seemingly more so than the children of today. I can't remember a time when I had to be entertained. I entertained myself. I've never liked the phrase "I'm bored" and didn't let my children get away with saying they were bored. If they couldn't find something to do (I would tell them) I would find something FOR them to do. Even today, I don't get bored. I think it's because I can always find something to challenge or entertain my brain.

We are, after all, in charge of our own contentment.

How about you? What did you entertain yourself with as child?


Mason Canyon said...

Oh your post brings back memories for me. As a child (an only child) we lived in the country and I loved it. I had imaginary friends and made up stories, played with every animal around and had a great time. I can't see children today doing that and they're missing out on a lot.

Thoughts in Progress

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Teresa .. yes we didn't do bored either .. we were outside, or reading, or riding our bikes .. lots to do ..

I get so irritated with people who say they're bored .. in this day and age - with all our opportunities ..

Love your pictures and memories .. happy days .. Hilary

Angie said...

I don't remember being bored either, and if it did enter my mind I know for a fact that my mom or dad would of gave me something to do to fix it!
I remember playing for hours with barbie dolls by myself. Also PlayDoh! I would take out my play dishes and use the PlayDoh to form into food and play "restaurant". I remember my cousins and I would get in the back of dad's old pick-up truck and have other cousins ride up on their bikes like we were a drive us their food order to go. Ha!
It was so much fun being a kid, and I don't remember being humped up in front of a t.v. but always outside.

Mary Aalgaard said...

I love your "bossy" picture! As a child, I played with the kittens, my sisters and brother, road horse when I was a little bigger. I like the Fisher-Price People. My sister and I would have them play out all the dramatic scenes of a regular family.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

I only told Mom once that I was bored. She told me she had windows and floor to wash and we washed floors on our knees with a scrub brush and a sponge. There were no mops. But, you know, I didn't mind.

Judy Harper said...

I love this blog, especially the pictures and memories.

CM said...

Oh, what precious memories!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Love these pictures!

arlee bird said...

Gosh, what didn't we do! The days seemed long, but still not long enough. I never lived in a rural area, but in San Diego we had wild canyons bordering the subdivision where we lived. Exploring was always a big activity. When my sister and I got bicycles we were more mobile than ever. In the late 50s and early 60s it didn't seem that kids were in as much peril as they are today. My childhood seemed so full of wonderful things and no I was never bored that I can remember.

Tossing It Out

BeadedTail said...

This post brought back memories of growing up in Kansas! I'm an only child but with my neighbors or cousins we made our own fun, never got bored, was hardly inside, explored so many things and just plain had a good ol' time!

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

I was NEVER a bored child, I went everywhere and everything in the pages of my books! Love the new blog!