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Somehow It Was Enough

I was walking down the hall and someone almost ran me over!  It was someone not paying attention to what was in front of him because his mind was on his cell phone message, or text, or something to do with his gadget.

My thoughts go back to when I was growing up.  I’ve lived enough of life now to be able to think back.  Knowing that there is far more behind me than in front at this point reflections come more easily.

kids growing up

I was fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where there were a lot of kids around my age.  Depending on the season we played a variety of sports.  Baseball, football, basketball, and street hockey.  On the bus coming home from school someone would be organizing a game.  Richmond’s field football four pm, can you be there?  Since we probably got home at 3:30 it didn’t leave us much time to linger around.  We played tackle football without pads and we played for hours at a time.  Nobody really taught us the fundamentals of everything like they would today.  In fact there wasn’t any grownups  involved, just kids playing games and enjoying it.  Today everything is organized and adults are involved in the games.  When my son showed an interest in basketball he wasn’t lucky enough to have a neighborhood of kids that would get together and play like I did.  He was shown the proper techniques at camps from people paid to instruct.  That is all good and fine but we didn’t have that in my day.  We just had kids playing ball together because we loved the games.  Somehow as simple as it was it was enough!

Today I’m hearing that we have a problem with obesity with our kids.  Back when I was a kid we didn’t have video games.  I have a news alert: Playing video games does not burn up many calories!  During the summers it wasn’t unusual when I was a kid to play ball most of the day.  If we weren’t playing ball we were playing kick the can or some other game!  We entertained ourselves back then and somehow we got by and maybe we were a little healthier for it!

Back then there was more of a trust.  My parents knew that I was out playing ball and gave me the freedom I needed.  When I told them where I was going they could trust me to know that is where I would be.  Back in the day we didn’t have cell phones, 100 channels to watch on TV, microwaves, computers, or the internet.  We actually sat down together and had a family meal.  I remember times where we would take a watermelon to the park and eat it at a picnic table.  It was simple and yet it brought the family together.  My mom was home with us.  My dad provided our household financial needs.  It was comforting knowing that mom was always around.  She kept the family together day to day on the home front.

Don’t get me wrong, I like technical advances as much as the next guy.  I enjoy getting on the internet, and using microwaves, cell phones, and watching 100 plus channels.  Yet for all of these advances I sometimes wonder if we have advanced at all.  Are we so wrapped up in our little computer world that we are missing the important things in life?  Should there be danger signs “cell phone zone” put up for our safety? Do we get so wrapped up around a TV set that we lose focus on effective communication with our family?  I wonder if kids today get so amused with the computer that they have more computer friends than friends they actually see and play with?  Most of all I wonder if all of these advances have brought us closer to God or taken our attention away from him?  If it has made our attention stray have we really advanced?

Thinking back to those days puts a smile on my face.  What we didn’t have in “modern technology” we had countless alternatives that were real, alive and personable!  I have so many good memories of friendships as we kept ourselves entertained.  I have memories of my mom playing hide and seek with us when it got dark!  I remember my dad and I watching  football games, but at halftime taking a football outside and throwing it around!  I have memories of games my sister and I created, making up characters and having them interact with each other!  All of those things and so many more showed me I was loved and somehow it was enough!

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10 thoughts on “Somehow It Was Enough

  1. Yeah,good old days(not that I was in it),I think its very important that, in as much as parents try to give their children what they never had, they should also remember to give them what they did have. We growing up now are faced with a lot of things (that if not properly used can distract us) in the name of advancement, for it to be called advancement, it has to be to the glory of God…Great read, thanks, the message was enough!

  2. Thank you for your great comment! It isn’t easy growing up today but I can see from your comment that you have great values! Stay on that path and remember the saying, if you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. Keep your eyes on Jesus and ignore the distractions!

  3. Reina Donia on said:

    What I could relate to in your article is the trust we had from our parents to go out and play, and come back home when we were told to come back (usually,”before it gets dark!”, or “when the street lights come on”). I didn’t grow up in the Midwest, but in Yonkers NY (ages 4-10), but we had a big park right next to the apartment building, and we went bike riding, and there was a playground with swings, and in the fall, my friends spent hours building forts out of the fallen leaves…. we went home only when we were hungry, otherwise, we played, played, and then played some more! Thanks for the walk down memory lane – when life was so much simplier!

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  5. Tommelia on said:

    This is soooooooo true! Like you, I love technology…up to a point, but as a child playing in a sand pile with a running hose, creating “lakes” was a blast. Low tech, but it kept us kids outside all day, we used our imaginations and it was marvelous fun!( I guess my parents didn’t mind the water bill lol!) Your blog was dead on correct!

  6. It’s astoundingly sad how the things that were supposed to enhance everyone’s lives have indeed taken an awful toll on the basic joy of living for some people. Get up, get out & enjoy the world God has created, not to mention the people!

  7. What a beautiful reminder that the simplest things in life are often what bring us the most joy . Your childhood memories are so much like mine, Lewis and it is indeed sad that our children today are growing up in a much more complex world with overwhelming choices. God bless you, my friend!

  8. Very eye opening piece here…..I agree largely that the modern advancements in technology have made us so selfish. Many a time we find ourselves so engrossed in our cellphones or ipads etc even in a gathering we purposed for interacting. it has aborted human interaction completely as people could be close by each other but yet decide to chat on WhatsApp or Facebook! What a shame!

    So I ask, if we cannot interact with the people we are seeing, tthow about with the “unseen” God?

    God bless you Lewis!

  9. Judy Gray on said:

    How fortunate you were to grow up with such a loving family, and have the great memories of your past. Thanks for sharing.

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