SU and I were talking about ‘stuff’ the other night while we were sitting on the porch watching Dos Gatos, the cows, and the birds.
One of the topics that came up was our childhood. It was a time when we rolled about in the dirt and climbed trees and other things. I can remember making mud pies and putting them on top of the back fence to ‘bake’ in the sunshine. Kids don’t do that much anymore in North America. It seems to us that kids today spend more time in structured activities and they spend less time just being dirty kids playing in the yard.
Into the night on our street, we hear the neighbour kids playing outside. I can’t imagine what some of their clothes look like at the end of the day, most of the yards don’t have grass. It’s a good thing they all wear uniforms to school. I can remember having ‘good’ school clothes that we changed out of and ‘play’ clothes. Sometimes we hear children playing soccer in the field behind us and recently fixed up the playground near us and the sound of screaming kids playing carries over the trees.
Childhood is about running around in the woods, playing in the dirt and bruised shins. It’s about standing on the edge of a pond, or river, or lake and throwing rocks. Childhood is tobogganing in the winter and riding bikes in the summer.
I came upon today’s video by Gever Tulley by chance. Mr. Tulley is the founder of the Tinkering School, a summer programme whose goal is to help kids learn how to think and create things. The central theme of this talk is that children learn from chances to relate to the world around them. And get a little dirty in the process. Something like the children … in the campo.
Do you have a favourite childhood memory? Share it in the comment section.