As a child I was always outside. I grew up in a small safe cul-de-sac with the green school playing fields opposite our house and the park literally just down the road. I would play outdoors with my sister, the children my Mom would child-mind and our friends from next door. We would get out on our bikes and ride around the grove, enjoying every last minute before our parents would shout at us to come in and eat our dinner. Then we’d be back outside again for a sneaky half an hours play before we were summons to have a bath and go to bed. We’d often go down the park and play on the slide or attempt the monkey bars and fail miserably but at least we were active. The fresh air did us good and we had fun.
I really miss the outdoors as a grown up, I don’t spend enough time outside at all. I want my son to like going outside to play and so we need to change a few things at home in order for him to do that safely. Our garden is a concrete slabbed yard. There’s no grass and no where safe for a baby to explore. We live on a busy through road by the town so playing outside the front is a definite no-no.
I would love a back garden with a patch of grass so that my son can play outside with his toys come rain or shine. I’m not greedy, just a patch of grass big enough to put a slide or a swing. I used to love going to my friend Becky’s house. She had a climbing frame in her back garden and it was huge. We spent most days out there when we saw each other and I have really fond memories of us playing in the garden making our own assault courses up and running up and down the slide. I want that for my son, my Little Mr.
I want him to have fun, make memories and get muddy in the dirt. I want him to grow up being outdoors in the sunshine (or the wind and rain watching a good storm from the garden) and having fun. I want him to ask to go outside to play rather than staying in and watching the television or on a computer game. I want him to have a fun, exciting childhood playing outside in the mud or with petals from the neighbours roses making ‘eau de fleur’. I want him to make assault courses with the patio set with cushions as hurdles or make dens with the clean sheets from the airing cupboard (sorry Mom) using the washing line and pegs as a backbone or camp in the back garden under the stars just because. Ah, those were the days. I miss the great outdoors.
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