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re: What experiences from your past would you bring back for today's kids if you could?

Posted on 4/17/24 at 6:51 pm to
Posted by NoSaint
Member since Jun 2011
11304 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 6:51 pm to

The freedom that no cell phones brings

It really is wild that there are so many people out there that may never know a world where people don’t have 24/7 access to them.

It’s such a massive shift in how you live to have everyone able to reach you in about 8 different methods at all times - even if you are good at setting boundaries and managing it
This post was edited on 4/17/24 at 6:52 pm
Posted by Stonehenge
Wakulla Springs
Member since Dec 2014
714 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 6:55 pm to
Building ramps out of scrap wood, then jumping stuff on our bikes….
Posted by TDFreak
Dodge Charger Aficionado
Member since Dec 2009
7395 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 7:05 pm to
Being able to make a prank phone call and the other side never able to call ID.

Same with vandalizing your rivals football field and not getting caught.
Posted by beaverfever
Little Rock
Member since Jan 2008
32739 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 7:41 pm to
Surge and Starter jackets.
Posted by OSqueal
Where ever the beer is
Member since Jan 2011
5394 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 7:43 pm to
arse whipping for mouthing off in public.
Posted by chinese58
NELA. after 30 years in Dallas.
Member since Jun 2004
30496 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 7:55 pm to
Halloween being safe, and for them. Whether they were nice little kids who were just trick-or-treating, or mean kids like us that had neighborhood water balloon wars every Halloween.

Being able to have empty lots without fences around the neighborhood. One owner of one kept his mowed all summer so we could play baseball on it. Playing ball with your friends was 10K times more fun than playing a Little League game. Especially if it was your neighborhood against another one. Today's society is too litigious for that. Some a-hole parent would sue the owner if her baby broke a leg. Their Insurance company probably makes people sue landowners today.

Just riding a bicycle anywhere you wanted to. Our parents had no idea where we were on a given summer day. We knew when we had to be home for supper, We stayed out of trouble if we did that. It was OK to ride across town to play sandlot baseball or football, or to just hang out at a park all day. The only thing we did on our bikes that our parents didn't want us doing was riding all over town at 2:00 am on a night we were 'camping out' at someone's house. We would always ride our bikes by the police station on the Attala County courthouse square.

Posted by Espritdescorps
Member since Nov 2020
1254 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 8:02 pm to

Goldeneye at a sleepover The feeling of seeing Hit Me Baby One More Time for the first time The only available porn being squiggly lines on the tv at 2am Surge

Wow such a great list. I’ll add playing smear the queer. When boys were allowed to be boys
This post was edited on 4/17/24 at 8:07 pm
Posted by chinese58
NELA. after 30 years in Dallas.
Member since Jun 2004
30496 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 8:09 pm to

pick-up offseason baseball games at the baseball fields.

A kid can learn a lot about true competition in such an environment.
A kid can learn to love the game playing like that.

The fields aren't available now days. Either someone has signed their organized team up to practice on it, or it's locked up. Where we played Little League games was open for kids to play anytime there were no games scheduled. They were adjacent to a huge park that had an area big enough for sandlot football games and tennis courts. It was way across town, but we rode our bikes, parked them against the fence and forgot about them until time to go home. Nobody stole them.
Posted by Warfox
B.R. Native (now in MA)
Member since Apr 2017
3154 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 8:13 pm to
I’m from Louisiana, but grew-up in Baton Rouge.

My childhood neighborhood was a nice middle/upper-ish middle class no outlet that backed up to hundreds and hundreds of acres of forest, creek, and bayou Deplantier.

My friends and I explored damned near every inch of it feels like.

I’m afraid my kids would get Lyme disease or any litany of f-*cked up tick-bourne disease that could potentially mess them up for years.
Posted by Sus-Scrofa
Member since Feb 2013
8176 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 8:15 pm to

Fireflies on a summer night. When they would light up the sky no matter where you lived.

Last summer my brother and his family came down. His kids are like 8 and 10.

I suggested taking some jars outside and catching fireflies. They looked at me like I was an alien. It was actually sad.

I should have turned off the wi-fi and told them it was broken.
Posted by Napoleon
Member since Dec 2007
69176 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 9:35 pm to
Fun factory
Posted by KennabraTiger
Kenner, LA
Member since Sep 2013
6524 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 9:42 pm to
No fricking smartphones

*posted on iPhone*
Posted by Big Scrub TX
Member since Dec 2013
33577 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 9:43 pm to

What experiences from your past would you bring back for today's kids if you could?
Monoculture events like The Beatles and Jaws.
Posted by soccerfüt
Location: A Series of Tubes
Member since May 2013
65856 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 9:47 pm to
Smear the [Aggie].
Posted by auggie
Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
28127 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 9:48 pm to
70s AM radio.
Posted by lsufan1971
Member since Nov 2003
18349 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 10:06 pm to
Saturday morning cartoons
Posted by CarpeDiem
Member since Dec 2011
606 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 10:24 pm to
Pictures without filters

Communicating and interacting in-person (no texts, emails, social media)

Playing outside

Having to use your imagination to prevent boredom

Delayed gratification

Not knowing every opinion and life detail of acquaintances, friends, and family

Listening to every song on the album because you can’t skip ahead

Spending uninterrupted quality time with friends and family without cell phones or computers

Being unreachable, and people not expecting instant responses
Posted by stuckintexas
Member since Sep 2009
2215 posts
Posted on 4/17/24 at 11:55 pm to

Did something bad happen to the boy to make the dad over-protective?

Nope, no extenuating circumstances. No abuse, not mental health issues, nothing like you might think. The ex-wife/mother is EXTREMELY overprotective and my friend just gave up early on with fighting it. A few years ago he bought him a little rifle and the kid shot it a couple of times. His mom flipped out and told him guns are dangerous. He would hold it and cry that he couldn't pull the trigger just target shooting after that. He's just a little whimp and his dad gave up on it. He feels like he can't get through to him because of the attachment to his mom. The boy's mentality is that his mom's views are more caring than his dad's attempts to give him responsibility which didn't stick.
Posted by stuckintexas
Member since Sep 2009
2215 posts
Posted on 4/18/24 at 12:03 am to
iwyLSUiwy was the first person I knew with an iPhone. I didn't get my first one until 3 years later at 27 years old. Total gamechanger. I don't think I could get my kids a smartphone until they could legally drink.
Posted by chinhoyang
Member since Jun 2011
23601 posts
Posted on 4/18/24 at 6:45 am to
The freedom to roam around. In Hawaii, we'd go down to the beach almost every day after school. We'd see what washed up on the beach (be plastic beach trash now), go into the lava cave, watch jets land at the airfield (we lived on the Marine base), etc. When we lived in El Paso, we'd walk past Sunland Park racetrack and go up into the desert mountains - check out the trains rolling through the cut. You sure as hell would not do that now. I 8th grade friend of mine and I roamed around the D.C. business district, checking out the stores.

Everything was safe, except maybe the time we found some old unexploded ordinance and brought it home.
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