Those Depression years

@amadeo (73005)
United States
April 12, 2016 3:16pm CST
I was born in the depression years.Things as some of you may know that it was tough for our families to survive.But we did. To keep our self busy .Bunch of us kids played a lot of sport. One was touch football.We take a pile of newspaper rolled it like a football and put elastic band around it.Touch foot ball is when some one pass the ball and the person who caught it will run till they are touch. We played this in the street mostly in front of our homes. One game that we were playing and not sure to this day what happen? The car beep and everyone was running around and then bang I got hit by the car.My brothers came over and picked me up and sat me on the porch. My dad came over and then I passed out and landed in the hospital. I had a broken nose.Deviated Nasal Symptom . I guess was around ten or so. Here is the fun part.All of my friends came to the hospital to see me and brought me flowers?where did you get these.I know they stole them. How caring is that.Hey!they did not have any money and so they picked a few flowers to cheer me up.Not sure what happened to the driver of the car. did you ever play touch football or any game in the street back then? Any one remember stick ball that was originated in NY.This was a good game. A video below will show you.I love Brooklyn,NY
The boys of Brooklyn have been playing stickball on Carroll Street in Park Slope for as long as anyone can remember
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@Corbin5 (115753)
• United States
12 Apr 16
What a wonderful thing your friends did for you during your hospital stay!!! They all came and brought you flowers they picked from someone's yard to cheer you up! I know my dad played in the streets back then. Same games as you played. My brother did play catch in the street and went down the streets that had good hills on our skateboards, but had to watch for cars in our Chicago suburb.
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@amadeo (73005)
• United States
12 Apr 16
@corbin5 yes,they were so funny.Not even a guilty look on their face.
@crossbones27 (21176)
• Redlands, California
12 Apr 16
I heard they had to take the car to the junk yard because how bad you hurt it. You know like the saying should have seen the other guy. lol Stick ball seems like a lost art these days. I think my generation was the last ones to play it. I could be wrong though.
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@amadeo (73005)
• United States
12 Apr 16
@crossbones27 yes.I remember this so well.Yes,it is an lost art.But so much fun. How people who kept themselves busy during those years.
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@CRK109 (14413)
• United States
12 Apr 16
My parents used to tell me a lot of stories of the depression. It was a tough time, and yet people became so close and their hardships made them appreciate life even more. That says a lot about the human condition, I think.
@amadeo (73005)
• United States
12 Apr 16
@CRK109 Your parents were right.They kept up together.
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12 Apr 16
I don't think stickball made it over here. Can you imagine putting a bunch of kids in the middle of the street with no actual way of entertaining themselves? They wouldn't have a clue!
@amadeo (73005)
• United States
12 Apr 16
@Poppylicious but in those days.We were just lucky just to have play.Remember not too many cars were on the road then.
• United States
12 Apr 16
We played pretty much all kinds of games in the street when I was a kid but luckily none of us were ever hit by a car. You are so lucky that you didn't have severe injuries but it's cute that your friends brought you flowers
@amadeo (73005)
• United States
12 Apr 16
Yes,I was lucky.Except my nose was out of shape
@TRBRocks420 (82501)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Apr 16
I used to love some good ole stick ball.
@amadeo (73005)
• United States
12 Apr 16
@TRBRocks420 did you like it.I know I did.It was so much fun.When most of the neighbors join in to play
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@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Apr 16
Yup, as kids we did: badminton, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball and others @amadeo . Since we lived in the country, we also had Tarzan swings from all the trees. Try to get the kids today from behind a computer to go do those things. Adult, "Go Play!" Child, "What's that!"
@PainsOnSlate (20518)
• Canada
13 Apr 16
Cool video, I liked it. I never played stick ball or touch football because I was a girl. Girls didn't do that , we played hopscotch and jacks. I was born after the depression years but my favorite subject in school was history and the 30's, Depression era was my favorite to write about.
@bunnybon7 (37399)
• Holiday, Florida
13 Apr 16
I was born a little later but I remember people talking about some of those games and we also had some not to fancy made up games in the 50's like that. putting on plays to each other and playing house and hide and seek, etc. so you are from new York?
@just4him (127043)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Apr 16
I have played touch football when I was way younger with my cousins. I've never played stickball, but I had heard of it, but didn't know what it was until I watched that video. Very interesting.
@JudyEv (134769)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Apr 16
Despite it being the depression it sounds like you had some great times. Maybe they got the flowers from the cemetery. I've heard of that before.
@Tampa_girl7 (26197)
• United States
13 Apr 16
I am glad that you weren't hurt to seriously. I bet the broken nose was painful though. I was also hit by a car when I was a child.
@DianneN (84977)
• United States
12 Apr 16
What a touching story. My father grew up in the depression, but had to drop out of school to support his mother and sister.
• Philippines
12 Apr 16
I only got close to playing soft ball, but that was high school.these days, it's rare for even me to play basketball.