Do You Remember When?

@Ithink (10618)
United States
December 15, 2008 10:21am CST
Your parents could let you go outside and not worry about something happening to you. That when you were gone from early morning until supper, it wasnt a need to worry and call the police? My mom and I was talking about how much things have changed since I was a child to now with my own kids. When I was a child I would leave the house about 9 in the morning (after chores) and not be seen until supper time. My cousins and I would go back in the woods and play for hours, go into the fields and outrun bulls (lol). We would ride our horses into town or to my grandma. Which was about a 4 hour trip on horse or go to the local water hole or even the lake. She said that she never worried about something happening. Nowdays there just seems to be so much that isnt safe, so what do you think is the change? Why are things as they are now? I have thought about it and I cant really come up with anything concrete. So what do you think and do you remember those days?
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
16 Dec 08
My sisters and I would be told to 'go out and play'. We were never allowed to play on the road with the other kids and I really resented that. But we lived 10 minutes away from the sea and we usually went to the beach. We would carry a packet of sandwiches and a bottle of water and maybe some fruit and a few pennies for an ice lolly and a towel. That was it. This happened when I was as young as three years old and my big sisters were in charge of me. This si how we spent the summer and if it was raining then we made our own entertainment inside the house or in a shed in the back garden that we turned into a play house. We all became voracious readers too. Actually, I think that my mother was very careless with us as we did meet up with some flashers or pervs and my sisters would hold tightly onto my hands and we would run as fast as we could. There was no TV until I was 15 as my Dad did not want us to be distracted from studies. IOn th whole, we were safe and as long as we were back and seated at the table with clean face and hands for dinner at 6pm no one was bothered. Thank you for this wonderfuland nostalgicc (for me) posting. It has brought back so many memories. Blessings
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Your more then welcome for the memories, they are great ones arent they?! There is so much that this brought back for me too. The freedoms that we had compared to what we can give our children just seems unreal at times and It is unfair! Yes there was always problems but they just seem to be so more compounded nowdays. Thanks for commenting!
@krfanlim (232)
• Malaysia
16 Dec 08
Gosh... yes, you're right. I'm 18, so never got to experience much of those. But my parents used to tell me stories of themselves when they were young, and how back then, their parents didn't need to worry so much about everything. The times have changed so much. Now, my parents even worry if i go out for too long, or come back later than 10pm at night. Sighs.
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
24 Dec 08
I have to say your parents and I was the lucky ones in growing up. I know the fear that they have when a child isnt in when we expect them! Thanks for commenting!
@gemini_rose (16192)
16 Dec 08
Yes I do remember it, I used to get my chores done and then I would be out all day with my friends. We would go miles away from home and no one ever worried about us unless we were not back home at the given time. Today is different it is hard to let children go out and play like I did when I was a child it is just too scary. Mine never even want to go out though they do not have the same sense of adventure as I had when I was a child!
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Wasnt it great?! To think back on the freedom and the adventures we had. *SIGH* All my children have that same spirit as I do and I do let them out to play and such but it isnt the same, as it is our yard where I can over see them. Unless their oldest sisters or I decide they can go to the park. I wish I could let them travel back in time to see what it was like when I was growing up! Thanks for commenting!
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
hello Ithink, Actually it's not only life that changed, also the weather. But life is so different now for it's getting harder and harder. Everyday, a lot is struggling to survive and for this reason many are force to do what is not right in order to live. That's why your mom is so worried when you're not still home. Unlike before, kids can play along the neighborhood without worry.
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
24 Dec 08
I dont know how much the weather has changed to make me not let my kids take off like I used to. Here it seems pretty much the same. I know that life is rougher for some and things arent like they were thou. I dont know maybe we are losing morals? Thanks for commenting!
• China
16 Dec 08
Big question! And maybe I can not give an exact anwser to this question since I can not remember when. Maybe when I was in my high school and started living outside? Or even earlier? I just can not remember that. But I know it needs attention to this question and I agree with do not let little kids go out for long time which is not safe nowadays.
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Weird when noone can think of why this change came about. We all just know that it did. Thanks for commenting!
• United States
15 Dec 08
Yeah, kids now a days aren't really respectful and easy to please. When I was a kid, we were poor and we understood the meaning of a dollar even at an early age. Kids cant go outside and play in the woods like we used to in the day!
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
24 Dec 08
I wouldnt say all kids are that way but yes the majority is. Luckily we live by the woods and they do get to but of course it is within my being able to hear them. Not as much fun as when I was growing up that is for sure! Thanks for commenting!
• Brazil
15 Dec 08
Yes things change. And as a place, city, country etc growns also problems grow together with it and those problems bring a lot of unsafety. It´s like when there is a lot of poor people in a place and no work for them they start to steal things to survive and then with it comes the violence.
@Ithink (10618)
• United States
24 Dec 08
This is so true, being in contact with more and more people bring on more and more chances into running into a sicko! Thanks for commenting!