Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself. Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.
I saw an article on Facebook a couple of weeks ago about how to give your child a 1970s style summer. It included activities like watching 9 solid hours of Gilligan’s Island, allowing them to eat or drink anything they want including cherry Kool-Aid made with 4 cups of granulated sugar, and forcing them to stay outside all day even when it’s 105 out. As hilarious and tongue-in-cheek as the post was, it wasn’t too far from the truth. A number of my friends added to the list with things like walking to the store barefooted to fetch mom a pack of cigarettes, chasing lightning bugs, ladybugs and the mosquito fogging truck, and riding down a flooded water system canal on a trash can lid. Of course it goes without saying that all of these activities were done unsupervised. We were sans parents from dawn to dusk, but no one seemed concerned. Fear of Jason and Freddy Krueger were still years away, as proof in a friend’s comment that said she and her brother would ride bikes all over Dallas, and if they had to go to the bathroom they’d just pull over to a random house and knock on the door.
Us ’70s and ’80s kids-turned-parents look back on our summers with a mixed sense of wistfulness and horror. We vacillate between, “Wow, wasn’t it great” and “Wow, how did we survive?” The irony of it all is, we may have explored that abandoned gravel pit with glee, but no way howdy are we’re going to let our kids do the same.
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