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Old 06-18-2018, 12:44 PM   #31
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The grandkids still do that lol. We went out firefly hunting last night.

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This thread has made me feel unexpectedly sad.

I have a nephew that was visiting my house, which is rural, when he was about 6. Somehow, he'd never even heard of fireflies and there were tons of them out that night. We found a jar for him to catch one in which then lit up like crazy.

He was so excited he was shaking. Just in total disbelief that any insect could actually light up.

Now, 20 years later, he has turned out to be a jackass who treats his Father like shit and thinks the world revolves around him and his neuvo-yuppie Yacht-rock loving friends.

I think it's fair to say that most young people are turning their backs on the natural world and there will be a price to pay because of it. I don't know what that is, but it won't be good.
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Old 06-18-2018, 02:07 PM   #32
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Grew up in a neighborhood of about 15 guys all within 3 years of each other. It was constant sports seasons. Nerf Football (two hand touch) season led into street hockey, led into Snow Football (Tackle), led into Ice Football on the local pond, led into baseball (or wiffle ball if too many kids were on vacation or at the beach), led into Stickball, led into Hoops, led back into Nerf Football. Not to mention skateboarding, bike tag, kick the can, capture the flag and frisbee tag.

At dusk it got good. We'd play this game called "Wolf". One kid was elected "Wolf" and would go hide within our yard and our neighbors yard. Everyone else gathered on our front steps and counted to 20 before venturing off in smaller groups of 3 or 4. The idea was that if the wolf was spotted, you'd try to quietly alert your group and kinda veer back to the front steps.... and safety. Let some other group suffer the wolf's wrath. Anyone tagged by the wolf would become an additional wolf and we'd have multiple kids hiding on the remaining victims. We started with the last person safe would be the next wolf, until we realized people near the end were giving up to avoid being the one to hide and made it the second to last person became the new wolf. Of course the idea of spotting the wolf in silence had a short shelf life and pretty soon the moment someone spotted the wolf there would be a bloodcurdling scream of "WOOOOOOOOOLF" and kids tear-assing back to the front steps from all over the two yards.

Dusk was always the best time of the day. Specially when you got a little older and could hang out under the streetlight on the corner.
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I don't really remember playing a whole lot of games other than war. We would kind of put a spin on the game and play "V" where we would reenact different scenes from the tv show V. When we were young the house we lived in had a creek behind it. We would go down there almost every day and work on various forts. We would build them with dead trees or various pieces of wood that we might find. We moved to a different house when we were older and then we would spend our days at the pool and I mean DAYS. We would be waiting at the gates for them to open usually wouldn't leave until they kicked everybody out. We spent a lot of time riding our bikes around town too. By the time we were old enough to drive, we knew the entire town like the backs of our hands.

Things are a lot different for kids these days. Video games are definitely a problem but so are organized sports IMO. Granted, we have our kids active in them but it's overkill. Our summer started with the boys spending their mornings at basketball camp, football camp, weights and swim practice. On top of that one night per week they each have double header summer league basketball games and swim meets on Saturdays. By the time they are done with their mornings, I feel like an asshole telling them they need to get out and do something else. My oldest son has a job working as a lifeguard from 12-8. I tell my younger son to spend the afternoon relaxing but encourage him to at least go out for a little bit. He just bought a really nice BMX bike so he likes to go ride it around and look for sweet jumps. He usually has a hard time finding any other kids his age though.
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This thread has made me feel unexpectedly sad.

I have a nephew that was visiting my house, which is rural, when he was about 6. Somehow, he'd never even heard of fireflies and there were tons of them out that night. We found a jar for him to catch one in which then lit up like crazy.

He was so excited he was shaking. Just in total disbelief that any insect could actually light up.

Now, 20 years later, he has turned out to be a jackass who treats his Father like shit and thinks the world revolves around him and his neuvo-yuppie Yacht-rock loving friends.

I think it's fair to say that most young people are turning their backs on the natural world and there will be a price to pay because of it. I don't know what that is, but it won't be good.
I can tell you my children loved playing outside. Still do, lol. They’re raising the kids the same. Limited tv and internet.
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