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I When I Was A Kid We Actually Went Outside And Played

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    We were about 8 years old

    and my friend Joey and I were playing at a construction sight. There had been heavy rains so the huge square holes were full of water. We took two 2x4's and stuck one in one side of the hole and another on the other side. We would walk down one board and step over to the other...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I may be somewhat young,

    but memories of playing outside will stick with me forever. My backyard was awesome! It was big enough for us to set up volleyball, baseball, football, or even a simple game of catch. Sometimes I would go out there and hit baseballs for hours. Sometimes I got my football and...
    JustAnotherHuman34 JustAnotherHuman34 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 18

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    I remember being the only girl playing tag

    every day with all the boys. I remember the days before middle school when kids would actually get up and run around and have some real fun rather than spending those 30 minutes or so in tiny little groups talking about stuff I didn't care to hear. Even now some friend and I...
    RedCatHunting RedCatHunting 16-17, F Feb 3

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    I spent like 6 hours a day outside walking in

    circles, playing tag, watching people break my toys, built forts out of my plastic table and such.
    userabc123 userabc123 18-21, M Mar 10

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    I spent most of my life outside

    or pining to be outside. The tree in my backyard is more familiar than the walls of my bedroom. The woods were always better than any playground or indoor play set. Who wants plastic and cold metal when there's a whole world to explore. Now elementary schoolers would prefer to...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 13-15, F Apr 5

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    New Age - Life Experience

    New Age Contradictions I have life experience – In 2012 it is called sitting at a computer and giving out judgement and life advice Ha-ha – Actual physical activity is fingers hitting the keyboard, eye looking at the screen ……. is now called life experience. This is the...
    1UNITY 1UNITY 56-60, F 1 Response Jan 15, 2012

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    Sledding down a 200 yard hill with my daughter

    on an old flexible flyer wooden sled this weekend was awesome for her and for me!
    long4u long4u 56-60, M 3 Responses Mar 3

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    It kills me when my son begs to play video

    games. I force him outside to play. This generation just doesn't get the awesomeness that came from being outside for hours and hours, creating a bind with the neighbors that became best friends. To this day I keep in touch with those I spent from dawn til dusk re enacting power...
    jenneruz jenneruz 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 5

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    Yep, only time I ever came inside was to eat,

    go to the bathroom, and sleep!
    PanTex PanTex 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 28

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    I Used To Love Playing Outside

    I don't get today's kids...they don't want to play outside. It's no wonder some kids suffer from obesity. They would rather be playing video games and be online all day rather then playing outside. When I was growing up...I used to roller skate, ride a bike, play tag, dodge ball...
    surrealreality surrealreality 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 11, 2011

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    Be Home Before The Street Lights Come On!!

    I had a 10 minute window to change into my play clothes and get out the house. My step brothers and I rode bikes, played with friends, climbed trees, went to the corner store with our fortune in allowance (.25) and came out with enough candy to keep us going till we had race...
    johkuhl johkuhl 36-40, F Nov 22, 2013

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    We would have dirt clod wars.

    There was a deep unpaved drainage ditch behind the houses across the street from us. After a heavy rain there would be a great deal of debris left behind. We would gather things up (plywood, fiberglass pieces, 2x4's, etc.) and build forts. We would choose sides, girls against...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    When I was younger my parents would always want

    me to go out and I did with neboirhood kids. As I got older into my teenage years... I was luckiest enough to have a tv I went out and experience life. Now my brothers had xbox and stuff like that but they didnt take time doing that all the time. They went out played football...
    Kclay82 Kclay82 22-25, F 2 Responses May 12

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    An old refrigerator box was a huge score.

    ..it could easily become a fort,spaceship or army tank rolling down the hill. We built treeforts and plenty of other hideouts. Sometimes in summer we would zoom our bikes down the hill-off the dock-and into the river! Dive down with a rope,haul 'em up,and repeat the maneuver.In...
    dubkebab dubkebab 36-40, M Mar 18

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    I suppose in a lot of ways I had a great child

    hood . I was born in Africa where the outdoors was where everyone played .All the schools had large grass playing fields ,sport was encouraged and the climate meant that you could play out comfortably with out catching your death . We lived in a large house all on one floor and...
    cookaburrer cookaburrer 46-50, M Jan 8

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    I loved it! I remember having a block wide

    hide-n-seek game. Kids would be hiding everywhere...even in the street. Looking back now I can't believe none of us got hit by a car lol!
    Lea109 Lea109 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 7

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    Mother, May I???

    I was hanging out with this 7yr old this weekend, and the talk turned to recess. I asked her what games they played. "Tag."She said.I waited.  I figured she was shy and just needed some time to gather up the courage to go on and spill the beans.  When she didn't continue, I...
    Colormevibrant Colormevibrant 46-50, F 4 Responses Sep 4, 2012

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    kaye23e kaye23e 22-25, F Mar 23

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    Who remembers those days?

    ???? Well, now six-year olds are on their iPhone5. An I'm working and going to college! STOP THIS PEOPLE!!!!
    KALELat17 KALELat17 22-25, F 8 Responses Mar 29

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    I used to play outside with all of the neighbor

    kids. We all knew each other and played together. There was always someone to play with. That was before parents were scared to let their kids roam the neighborhood.
    ScienceTeacher12 ScienceTeacher12 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 20

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    I remember when we got a computer in the house.

    It was Windows 95, and I had a little floppy disk which came from a cousin that had a few PC games on it. Before that, we went outside to play. There was a bunch of banana trees at the side of the house, and my grandmother had this old walking stick which had a hidden blade...
    canichangethislater canichangethislater 26-30, M 3 Responses Feb 10

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    Good Ole Days

    I always use to remember my cousin (who use to live right next door to me) and I would play outside. We would love to play with insects and dirt! We would ride our bikes and use our scooters. We never missed a day with out being outside. I really miss those days! So much...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    I remember always going out

    and play for hours at a time. there was no phone to keep track of us. we never wore bike helmets. we drink from the hose and did not get sick. there was no checking in ever hour. it be home by dark or the street light came on whatever was 1st.
    chat68chat chat68chat 31-35, M Jan 9

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    I remember going outside

    and playing as a kid. That was the best, I didn't have a computer or tv to entertain me I had the back yard and my dog. Once me and my siblings flooded the entire yard with the blow up pool, sprinklers, and hose when I was like 7. Our dog had dug a big hole a few days before and...
    secretlyfelix secretlyfelix 18-21 3 Responses Jan 9

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    We did play first person shooters,

    though-with small rocks.One time we played Tron deadly discs-one of my neighbors got into their parents record collection...ah-good times.
    webalias3 webalias3 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 22

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    I still remember runnin around the woods near

    my house with my friends shooting at each other with sticks that looked like guns and pretending we had superpowers. Good times
    TCrawford02 TCrawford02 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 21

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    We went to the beach

    and climbed over a wall into a large abandoned hotel. We were barefoot and left footprints and little drip-drops of sea water as we explored rooms with broken glass, used condoms and piles of garbage. If I could go back, I'd say "Wear shoes, idiot!" but thankfully nobody got...
    canichangethislater canichangethislater 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 25

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    Ahhh memories :3 All I do

    now is stay in my room...
    SammySnm SammySnm 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 16

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    Pretty Much Every Day

    I went out pretty much every day, weather permitting. Lots of sports, baseball, basketball, swimming, just running around.
    ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M 3 Responses Jan 8, 2012

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    Was just thinking earlier about the time our

    uncle said that the couch and tv were the 2 worst inventions as far as getting up and outside and really doing a days work or just getting some exercise and "blowing the stink off" lol My mom and I just had a similar conversation about uncle bill andy dad's generation of men as...
    upnover upnover 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    From the time the sun came up

    until my parents yelled our names to come home for dinner.
    CowboyFarmer CowboyFarmer 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 28

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    I couldn't stand to be indoors,

    we drank water from the garden hose that usually was lifted from the horses water tank. Yep, bee stings, rusty nails in a foot a time or two, I even got ran over by a car, busted my head wide open( no helmet then ). I was in third grade when that happened. Yes a whole bunch of...
    say81 say81 51-55, M Feb 5

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    Star wars. My beanpole frame left me

    chewbacca Or was it my yelling. Lol.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Feb 25

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    The good old 80s. I started elementary school

    in the fall of 1986. We didn't have cable TV, VCR or a computer in our house, back then. In fact we didn't get a VCR and a computer until I had become a teenager. And we only got it because my parents eventually needed it for work. It was all being outside playing, especially...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 10

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    My Friend Mario And I

    would always wake up nice and early on Saturday mornings eat our breakfast and take our bikes to the local park. I remember riding and playing in the woods with Mario all day long. We would take our GL Joe's and Thunder Cats out there and play for hours. We always knew that we...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 14, 2012

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    Well, I was actually a pretty bookish kid.

    ..and I preferred to do my reading inside and not in the grass where icky bugs would touch me. But there was one thing that got me out of the house time and time again... Dirtpiles. These were the terms my brother and I used for the gigantic mountains of dirt left around the...
    LesbianBlue LesbianBlue 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 5

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    I grew up in Brooklyn,

    NY. The best toy you could have was a bike, not a game console. Pink Huffy with a banana seat, those were the days.
    Zee79 Zee79 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    When I was a kid, me

    and my cousin would alway pretend that we were soldiers during ww2. Haha it was fun. Me and my sister would always ride our bikes and "try" to skateboard. Haha good times. Where did time go?
    NegativePulse NegativePulse 18-21, M 2 Responses May 31

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    Computers and electronics ruined it all

    for the younger generation. It's easily addicting. And I, who am addicted to technology am admitting to this. Playing outside is rare anymore unless you play sports. And now, if you do play outside, parents have to keep a constant watch because of child predators. So sad how...
    Philli8807 Philli8807 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 20

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    Actually who am I kidding I still do!

    Any opportunity to get wet, covered in mud or generally just mess about outdoors and I'm there! Too much to be said for growing up .....
    Cakejo Cakejo 41-45, F Mar 4

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    There was a little gang of us deviant kids on

    my block and the next one over also. The older kids would look after the young ones and we learn to hopscotch, jump rope, play with sicks, ride bikes, get dirty, play in the hose, play catch, hit a baseball, run like the wind, laugh, yell, and scream and play doctor. No dolls...
    KawaiiDemon KawaiiDemon 18-21 Aug 20

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    When I was a kid, my sister

    and I used to spend every summer vacation until junior high, to our grandparents house in the village.I returned there last week after almost 25 years... I felt nostalgic as all sweet memories of a trouble-free childhood came rushing all back.The village is now almost abandoned...
    TheDreamyWoman TheDreamyWoman 36-40, F 6 Responses Apr 9

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