I’ve been thinking about Heather’s recent posts of how her children are growing up as vegetarians when I know for a fact that Heather comes from a family of serious carnivoures and would herself continue to be so if not for other medical issues. My mind started wondering about the experiences my children were having growing up that were different from my own and what, if anything, I regret not being able to give them.
I grew up in a suburban area of a large city, that was a little like the movie “Now & Then”. There were several kids our age and finding someone to play with was never a problem. You just had to go outside. We rode bikes all over town, built forts, played kick the can, fought with my brother and his friends, slept outside in the yard on warm summer nights and frankly, as long as we were within ear shot when the folks yelled for us to come home, or were home before dark, the parents didn’t really care what we were doing. It was a great childhood, but unfortunately, not something I can replicate.
We now live in a small town, which is great, but live on 6 acres in an area that is not really developed. The closest neighbors are wonderful, but have no children so my kids have to either play with each other, or I have to arrange play dates. Fortunately, for the most part, my kids get along, but my son often laments about not having friends close by and it makes me sad.
Add to that the fact that I can’t let my children roam as I did because unfortunately, our society is not the same. Maybe its the prosecutor in me or the policeman in my husband, but we know what kind of freaks and pervs are out there and it scares the bejeebers out of us. The result is my children won’t have the same kind of freedom that I had and that too makes me sad.
There are off sets, I suppose, and my children don’t really know the difference, but I’d be curious to here from you all about what you experienced growing up, that your children won’t have and whether there are any regrets?
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