Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Then and Now.

When we were kids, my brothers and I did all sorts - stuff I don't see kids ever doing now. I don't think I'm THAT overprotective with my kids, but when I think about how my childhood was, I can't help but wish the same for them.

Do you feel the same way? I mean, I remember playing in the rain, climbing trees, playing tag with my neighbors, etc. Most kids I know (including mine!) stay at home most of the time, glued to the TV, playing with their toys and gadgets, or whatnot... (too sheltered is the word I may be looking for here).

Do you remember the stuff you used to do as a kid? Do you see your kids doing the same today? I've been reminiscing a lot about my childhood lately and noticed that my kids don't really enjoy the same activities I used to enjoy as a kid.

I don't think my kids will ever get to...

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...CLIMB A TREE. Well, we used to live in a condominium in the business district. No trees there. And we don't have trees where we live now. They aren't the kind you can climb or hang from. BUT when I was a kid, we used to play out in my granny's garden, play hide and seek, climb trees, wade in ponds... you get the picture.

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...WALK ON TOP OF MONKEY BARS. Ok, so maybe I'm to blame for this one. I always call them down when I see them climbing anything in the playground. BUT when my cousins and I were kids, we used to pretend we were in the circus. We'd spend hours on end playing on the swing set at our granny's house. I remember my cousins and I would even compete to see who can stay upside down, hanging from the monkey bars, the longest. And we'd go across the bars, over 8 feet above the ground, without fear or hesitation. Yes, I was crazy like that. Hehe.

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...PLAY IN THE RAIN. Who hasn't? Well, not my kids. A has visions of dirty canal and estero water getting dried up during the water cycle and coming down again as rain. No soap in the clouds to clean that out, right? So they don't. I've never gotten sick after walking in the rain. I don't care about getting drenched. But my kids? Don't count on it. BUT when I was a kid, my cousins and I would play in the rain. We'd wade in flood waters around the compound. Once, my brothers and I even took out the "Slip N' Slide" and had a swell time playing while it poured. Fun times!

...SLIDE DOWN THE STAIRS WITH A MATTRESS. Ok, so maybe only a handful did this as a kid. Our staircase here at home is kinda narrow, and I don't think it'll be safe for my kids to slide down with the crib mattress. BUT My cousins and I used to take an old mattress and slide down our granny's long staircase. Once, during the summer, when my cousins, brother and I were at my godmother's house, we slid down their stairs backwards, holding on to my cousin R's old mattress. We tumbled down and R ended up in the ER. Hehe. Oops.

...CLIMB UP TO THE ROOF TO PICK FRUITS FROM TREE BRANCHES. There are no flat roofs to climb here. Nor are there big fruit-bearing trees around our house. BUT when we lived in the old compound, we'd climb up the emergency ladder, up to the terrace roof and pick Indian Mangoes from the tree in our granny's garden. When we moved to New Manila, our house had two huge Star Apple trees. You could climb up to the roof and pick one, sit under the canopy, and reflect on life. LOL!

There are other things I can think of, but I don't think I'd want my kids to try 'em now. Ha! Like say, catching tadpoles (I was around 9, and I was with the Pastor's son - we used to go to the old Calvary Chapel at Amoranto and caught the tadpoles from a dike, eeew, I know) and wading in flood waters (while catching fish from our neighbor's overflowing fishpond). Or dipping my feet in my dad's old pond and realizing there was a toad in it, about an hour too late! Haha! This list could go on.

All this reminiscing is making me miss my childhood. My brother and younger cousin, T, would take our bikes every afternoon (we called ourselves the Bikecrossers!) and just ride around the compound. We pretended we were secret agents and our black Cocker Spaniel, Beulah, was our chief. Haha!

The good ol' days. How I wish I could let my kids see how carefree life was back in the day when I had nothing to worry about. It's just so different now. Or maybe that's because we choose to make it so.

What did you do as a child that you wish your kids can do today?


  1. I agree with you on this. It was more fun being a kid back then, I grew up during the late 80's to early 90's. There were no gadgets, computers, game consoles etc. and you have real friends not virtual friends who may not be the same age as you are (some could be kinda scary as they may pretend to be a kid to lure you). I think it was the fact that 'play time' is actually a physical and mental test of endurance and not just being a couch potato and getting glued to the monitor or TV. And also relationships/friendships are built not only because you see them face to face but also you develop the sense of trust and camaraderie with the people you hang out with. When I get to be a mom, I'd encourage my kids to learn how to play with real people not just online and also to enjoy being a kid.

  2. I miss the old times too! We still live in our house where I grew up, but the "aratiles" tree and the vast vacant lot that was once our playground is not there anymore. Before, my mother bought us a Nintendo so that she can contain us inside the house.

    Nowadays, I hear my friends say to their children to stop playing computer games and go outside to play. Baliktad!

  3. Hala... guilty as charged! Haha. I do catch myself every now and then scolding M if I think she's playing "dangerously". So I really do try to let her play with dirt (cringe), and experiment with her physical capabilities (another cringe) as much as she can. Sayang eh. Baka masisi pa ako paglaki niya. hehe.

  4. TAMA!!! I miss those times na okay lang magdumi at masugatan...masaya naman! Ngayon, I do allow my son (2 yo) to play in the rain or play ball in the dirt/grass. I love the look on his face na super enjoy kahit pawis na pawis at madungis :)

    Thanks for this post. Kaka-miss ang old times!


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