65 – Officially Old and Grumpy…

I’m officially old! Not only my birthday but now I’ve even started thinking about ‘The Good Old Days’…

When I was young (really must play that at the end of this post!) we actually interacted with other people – well, kids anyway…

I remember walking a couple of miles to school, talking and playing games during breaks, Kicking a tennis ball in the playground in a rough game of football while the girls played hopscotch or with hula hoops or other girly games – how sexist was that? Or going to the park to play on the swings, slide  and roundabout – bliss… 

There were still dangers – we were warned not to take sweets from strangers..

I would walk miles and explore places. When I wasn’t doing that I read practically all the time. I would deliberately go out to see if I could find some kids to have a kick about with – football not violence… I even remember building camps, having fires and baking potatoes on the embers..

In general. we were not scared of much and I and others would be out all day playing, wandering and just enjoying ourselves. The only rule might be to get back in time for tea..

As I grew into my teenage years things changed a bit. I grew more interested in girls – my biggest mistake! But we still went out all the time and hung around being bored but often chatting and just enjoying the interaction. Going to disco’s was a low point as even if I built up the nerve to ask a girl to dance you couldn’t even chat due to the loud music – and my dancing was daddyish even in those days… The handbags also got in the way… not mine!

The thing was that we were socialising and whether we knew it or not we learned the Art of conversation and how to talk to other people. There was banter but generally it did not escalate into aggressive behaviour because that’s much more difficult to do when the person is right in front of you…

Nowadays the escalation from banter to screaming obscenities is almost instantaneous if not quicker…

In those days we had not means of contacting each other – generally our access to the family phone was restricted and even receiving too many calls was frowned upon so most of the time you would wander around the usual haunts until you met up with friends.

You might go and knock on a friends door and ask if they were in. They might not be allowed out or you might not allowed in. Whilst there could be a lot of wasted time trying to meet up with someone I still prefer that to the current way…

I think younger people meet up less and then they know pretty much everything that is going on because of social media and often carry on facebooking while together.

It seems that there is no time to draw breath never mind contemplate or just chat aimlessly.

I’m pretty good at chatting aimlessly – aren’t I

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