How did you entertain yourself when you were young?

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Before all this nonsense started.

All the devices,all the apps, all of all of the new stuff and more stuff again.

I stop and think of  generations older than mine, who got to live most of their lives without the stuff.

I still hear their dead voices.

“We made our own entertainment in those days.”


Were you any good at it?

My granddad’s generation : He used to wander about country lanes stealing cabbages.

My generation : I had a stick.

Eventually I got a calculator and learnt to type in 0.7734 or 58008

If you turned it upside down it read ‘Hello’ or ‘Boobs’

Yes we made our own entertainment.

We were shit at it.

Although I am still happy playing with my calculator.


18 thoughts on “How did you entertain yourself when you were young?

  1. Oh, my dear. I’m old enough to truly remember when we made our own entertainment. And we not only were good at it, we had fun. Can I share with you just how we were?

    © 2016 Barbara Grace Lake

    Ah, nine, a happy perfect age,
    For laughing, playing, make believe
    My playmates, some are even real,
    assist in building fortress eave

    As king or queen and even mage
    We rule this realm of wondrous nine
    As doughty knights we fight with zeal
    With cardboard sword or carabine

    We guard against fantastic fiends
    Or djinns our parents cannot know
    Beyond belief in things unseen
    Not ever me, I will not grow

    Or watch as castled clouds on high
    Give birth to lions, dragons, too
    From safety crouched behind the hedge
    Go charging forth all bandits strew

    Invincible we occupy
    A special place, a private den
    From which we make a solemn pledge
    Whatever else, we won’t be ten.

    As days passed by I reached fifteen
    An age beyond all myths and toys
    Recalling nine in wistful dreams
    Far from my life of lipstick, boys

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  2. We used to ride bikes, make tree houses outside or tents inside, read, waited for the Mickey Mouse Club to come on. We sometimes played by ourselves, but never that other preposition.

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