Why am I doing this? Well, it's because I feel myself growing stale and just need a change. And besides, I love talking about the good old days because I think we can learn a lot today from our past, some of which doesn't have to be distant. We'll be focusing on the 1950s through 1970s. For those of us over 50 it should be remembered well while for our younger audience, well, let's just say you might learn something about living without having an I-phone plugged in to your brain 24/7.
For our first topic we're going to talk about letting kids be kids. The current trauma that so many school age kids are suffering today from Common Core is what brought this topic to mind first. Kids need a break from non-stop testing and test preparation. And young boys, particularly young boys need to burn off steam while they burn off calories. The lack of "recess" on the playground at school is certainly not a good idea. And when you go by so many of the playgrounds in America today and see them empty except when there are organized sports league games in progress it is truly a sad sight.
Many of us remember coming home from school, getting homework done, changing into play clothes and hitting the field. Regardless of season, football, basketball or baseball filled the air and by the time we were called home for supper nearing dark, we were hungry and ready. As a result, there were fewer obese young people and crazy things like attention deficit disorder or what not and having a pill for any ailment just wasn't the norm. with a pill for any ailment, just wasn't the norm.
We'll talk about some of these things tonight with a few "war story" examples of childhood without so many safety precautions. While it might be a miracle that we didn't call ourselves for lack of helmet, knee pads and other safety items and just imagine drinking water out of the water hose directly. We did it every summer. Despite all odds, most of us lived through it and turned out okay.
Hope you'll join us. Here's the link to the show which goes live at 6pm and then will be available on demand.