Needless to say, we had lots of good friends in our neighborhood. It was like having more brothers and sisters in the family. Playing all sorts of games outside made our day (after we had finished doing our daily chores). It was lots of fun playing kick the can; captain, may I; softball; basketball; skating or just splashing in the water in the street after a big rain.
But many times when Mom had all her work caught up, she would sit at the piano and play. She knew several songs, and we loved to hear her perform.
We only saw Dad when he wasn’t working or sleeping after a hard day’s work. When he had time, we would sit with him while the radio was on and listen to the Friday night fights, or another of his favorite shows. There were times when he had time to play some catch with us or go fishing.
We did have some great movie houses to go to on the weekend, but that depended on whether we had the money to go. Our money had some first things to use it for, and sometimes there wasn’t any extra. At the age of 12, I took a paper route and made money to save for clothes, school books and some other goodies.
Would the youngsters of today be able to get by and do the things that we did? Could they live without computers and cellphones that most have today? Would they do without those things that they receive so freely today?
I like to think they can, because even though there are so many spoiled kids out there, there are many more youngsters who have been trained enough by parents and grandparents to value the things given to them.
• Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.