Old toys, worn carpets, and unhurried creativity
This is a beautifully written reminiscence of a time when the simple pleasures of living in the now, the present moment, were all that really mattered as we savored the pastimes, games and activities of childhood.
When I was a boy in the late 50s I loved to spend hours constructing commercial buildings and small sections of big city downtowns with skyscrapers and such. So much fun. The toy was called Girder and Panel Building Set. I don’t think my “skyscrapers” were ever more than 5-6 stories tall. That must have seemed ambitious enough.
No 'building sets' per se, but I did love my Easy Bake Oven and a variety of board games. "Pie in the Face" is unforgettable, a spring-loaded hand would actually hit you in the face with a fake-sponge cake that we loaded with whipped cream. I'm sure that would be banned for safety reasons today :)
Your childhood reflections always transport me back to my own unhindered youth in some way, and for that I'm grateful. Thanks, Sam!
This piece is so atmospheric and calming. I love the attention span it talks about, the uninterrupted focus on something you're doing just for the fun of it. When did we all become so "purposeful" and production oriented? Fe!