Sunday, March 1, 2009


This is a picture from the 1920's and shows a boy on his tricycle. I can remember getting a tricycle as a young boy, and let me tell you it was a big day. I wonder if he is following his mother, carrying her purse and perhaps groceries.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun yesterday with the mystery person contest. I went back and looked at the older contests, and found that Nate has won a lot of the contests. He really has a brilliant mind and has exemplary deductive reasoning skills. When you look at all the ones he figured out, you see just how talented he is. Anyway, I am already getting things ready for next week. Hopefully we will have as much fun next Saturday as we did yesterday.


  1. I remember my first trike, too.

    I got it in for Christm in 1958. I can still see it under the tree! It was bright red, and I loved it.

    There were no "big wheels" or battery-powered mini-cars for kids back then!!

    At least we got enough exercise. There were a lot fewer overweight kids in those days.

    We used to play outside from dawn till dusk in the summer, no-one's parents worried about abductions, or even getting hit by cars. They figured it was OUR responsibility to look out for ourselves.

    Sometimes less is more.

  2. Thanks for the compliments, but I think I'm just getting lucky.

    The photo today looks like me as a kid. I remember riding a trike just like this before we came stateside. A few months after coming to California, my parents bought me a two-wheeler! It's hard to describe the freedom I felt speeding down the streets and taking off to go to friends houses. Summertime was the best for all day excursions though.

    Looking forward to another contest next weekend. Have a wonderful day. I'm off to church!

  3. It's funny that you feel that way, SmartGirl, because I grew up the 80's and my summers were just like that. My parents did warn me a lot about abductions and not talking to strangers, though, so I guess that was different. But my siblings and I and all the neighborhood kids spent most of the summer outside.

    I do remember playing some video games as well, but it must have been a fairly healthy balance since I also have many happy memories of chasing lightning bugs...and the Italian Ice truck, which came everyday during the summer, playing on the jungle gym, etc.

    I never see kids playing outside anymore. :(

    And Nate, you aren't just lucky--you're a marvel!

  4. Canaduck:

    It certainly does sound like you had a healthy balance of activities growing up. However, the late 1970s and the 1980s brought with them the onset of the extremely materialistic "yuppie" era; "helicopter" parenting; and structured/competitive activities for kids instead of impromptu play.

    All of thhat stuff was in full force when my daughter was born in 1990. Some of the parents I encountered were crazed about scheduling activities, screening friends, making sure their kids won a trophy at whatever, etc. etc.

    I can tell you that growing up in the 1950s was truly like living in "Pleasantville."

    Things were much simpler then; and people took what life gave them and dealt with it. They didn't try to discuss and analyze everything, nor did they take a pill and run to a shrink every time things didn't go their way.

    And . . .when we misbehaved, our parents whacked us on the rear end - they didn't label us as ADD or ADHD or whatever the popular acronym happens to be these days and then give us pills that turned us into zombies. Of course, you have to HAVE two stable parents to begin with, and that's a problem today, too.

    There were risks, of course. When I was a kid, there was no polio vaccine; and I remember standing in line in the basement of the local high school to get our first dose, which was given in sugar cubes.

    But . . . my sister and I survived a lot of things that would be considered unacceptable today, such as cars with no seatbelts and metal dashboards; living in a house filled with asbestos and lead paint; having people smoke around us; and being allowed to walk to school and play outside in all types of weather without supervision.

    And . . . we didn't even have TV until I was about 10, and then only THREE channels and NO remote. We weren't even allowed to watch it, we read books before going to bed.

    Of course, I realize that our society has changed, but not always for the better.

  5. We had tricycles, but I do not recall a "first tricycle" memory. I do remember my twin brother and I each getting a bicycle when we turned 6.

    Between the tricycle and bicycle there was a period of time we had scooters. Self-powered, they provided plenty of exercise.

    Kids are always in a hurry to get to the baseball field, or wherever. The speed of the tricycle was taken for granted.

  6. Childhood memories for me. Nice one!

  7. Sweet childhood memories, learning how to ride a bicycle (no helmet or pads!), metal skates that fit over your shoes and tightened with a key, playing hide-and-go seek or kick-the-can with the neighbor kids. In the summer we were barefoot all the time. You are right, we played outside all day in all kinds of weather. There wasn't a tree around I couldn't climb; I would climb up the one next to the house and jump onto the roof. (I'd have a heart attack if my kids did that!). There was the local mom and pop grocery where we'd walk and get penny candy: candy necklaces, candy dots on white paper that we'd bite off, long sticks of bubs daddy bubble gum, candy lipstick, wax lips, etc. I also would lose myself for hours reading books like "The Happy Hollisters" or "Nancy Drew". We look back with fondness to those carefree years and it makes me wonder what the kids of today will fondly remember....playing computer games and watching televison for hours on end? What will they have to say when they are our age?

  8. The photographer did a great job here getting down low to frame the pic, nice image.

  9. Heather:

    I had those skates, too!!! The wheels were yellow. And, I can still remember the noise they made on the sidewalk!!

    I remember my first day of kindergarten in 1959. My mother drove me to school, ONCE. From the car, she showed me where to turn the corner, and how many blocks to count before turning down the street that led to the school.

    That was it. I walked with two other girls who lived on my street from that day on. After that,my mother only drove me if the weather was bad.

    And . . . when my sister started school three years later, I had to drag HER along, too.

    Who would do that today?

  10. Heather:

    That's my post directly above. Forgot to type in my name.

  11. Ohhhh! My tricycle! I remember barreling down the sidewalk in the spring, rushing to get out from under the catalpa trees and those huge yucky catalpa worms that would fall down from them. I left a lot of squished worms in my wake.

  12. SmartGirl, you are my sisters age, and I'm three years younger, just like the little sister you had to pull along to school! How funny is that! I only had to walk about four blocks to Kindergarten (by myself) but went to a different school for elementary grades and had to walk about 14 blocks and cross a busy highway. We didn't have crossing guards until later years. Usually my older sister was with me, but not always. And we walked in all kinds of weather, you just bundled up or carried an umbrella, whatever the weather dictated. It was rare for my mom to drive us. And you are right, who would do that now!?

  13. Heather:

    WOW, no WONDER we agree on everything!!!

    Those WERE the days, weren't they?

    Actually, my sister is a well-known local journalist, and she occasionally writes feature columns about our childhood and family.

    It's sort of embarrassing having everyone in town know what you did as a kid!!

    A couple of years ago, she wrote a great column about us going to Woolworths on our bikes every Saturday and buying little things with our allowances.

    I'd love for you to read it, but i can't post in on this blog, as it's copyrighted material.

    Maybe i could email it to you??

  14. I'd love to read her blog. You can get the information to me by going to my blog (click on my name). My blog is a closed blog where I have to approve anything before it gets posted. Obviously I won't post what info you send me. I'll be watching for it. :-D