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Summertime memories

It seems kids these days have a lot less free time than back in the days when I was roaming around Stevens Point, virtually unsupervised. I wonder if the children of today find joy in some of the ridiculous stuff we used to do to occupy our time. Here are some of my random memories: 1) Pick weird little berries off bushes in the backyard (and neighbors' yards), mush them up into a strange concoction with water and twigs and pretend to eat them. Or let it sit in the sun awhile and proclaim it the best parfum since Chanel No. 5. 2)Write and perform a play in a basement "theatre." Ours was called "Curse of the Two Twins." It closed after two performances. 3)Hold a backyard carnival with prizes consisting of stuff you found around the house. Most prizes came free inside cereal boxes. Now all you get in cereal is cereal, which I think is highly over-rated. 4)Make up new games. One of ours was played on the church steps and was called "Red-White-Blue-I-Love-You-Yes-No-Water." I don't recall the rules. 5)Find dead birds or other critters and bury them in the backyard, but not before holding an elaborate funeral for them. I also did this with my Wizard of Oz puppets, but that's a story for another time.

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