Saturday, April 30, 2016
Tender Years: Zoo, never been to one.
"A grownup is a child with layers on." - Woody Harrelson
Peeling back the layers.
So, I am cheating a little today. I have never visited a real, full zoo in my life. I did go to Astroworld in Houston quite a few times growing up. And they did have a small petting zoo inside there. We never loaded into the car and went on any rambling vacation staying in motels, either. We went to visit relatives when we took to the road, and if we stayed over night, we stayed with them.
Ninety percent of our meals were cooked at home by Mama. Both Daddy's lunch and mine were made each morning, by Mama. Occasionally, Daddy would take us all out to eat. Sometimes family or friends had us over for a meal.
We took real "Sunday" drives on many Sundays after church and lunch. We'd take off and go down any road that caught Daddy's attention, stopping in at anyone's house we passed that we knew, to visit a minute, have a cup of coffee.
For fun, we'd sometimes go see a movie, do something at or with the church, have family or friends over, go swimming or have a picnic.
Mama and Daddy almost always tried to have me in the bed by 9pm, and they would stay up long enough to finish the news at 10 most nights. Mama always got up first, made coffee, fixed breakfast, and put those lunches together. She got Daddy off and out the door and then would get me up, if it were a school morning.
Life was simple and uncomplicated. There were three TV channels and if nothing was on you wanted to see, you turned it off and did something else. Read, talked, played a game. There were enough conveniences to make life easier, but no devices to drive our lives and obsessed us. People and conversation mattered the most of all.
I thank God I had the childhood I did, when I did, and I am very grateful that I was able to give my son and daughter a very similar childhood. even on the heels of innovation and technology.
Was yours a simple childhood?
Please share your thoughts with me!