If it is possible … let’s return to a time where there were no worries. No responsibilities. Where everyone treated each other as the best of friends. To a time, where there were no bad moments, only unforgettable ones. Where the swings were always near, almost at every corner. All the moments were spent playing hide and seek. Especially because we always found a hiding place with ease. Even under a chair.
Rules were made to be broken. Unless it was for a game we wanted to play, and whoever cheated, would never be able to escape without being caught. For that we were attentive. We can talk to all people, even strangers. Here, in our little world, we all knew each other.
We were never taught not to talk to strangers. That they are all good people. And woe to us, if the next door neighbor complained that we did not greet them. We would get it. And often it was not enough.
But … we survived all this. We lived in a period of Uncle Scrooge and Mickey Mouse, or even Topogiggio or Heidi’s world. The television was all ours on the weekend mornings. It was almost as if it was sacred. The chewing gums were of all colors and flavors (why not ?!) We would play ball, and sometimes even break the windows. Ice cream was eaten until the belly hurt. Every kid who knew someone from the block was soon in the group. Played with everyone with no discrimination. We fell many times and always got up. If there was any fight, a few minutes later, we would forget.
In those times, we were all friends. The lunch that was taken to the school, could be shared with others. It was a party! No list of foods that could not be taken to school. Playground was just for racing. Always to see who ran faster. Sometimes there was always time for the Cops and the Thieves. The problem was always choosing who would be the bad guy, which really no one wanted to be! Decisions were always settled with a toss of a coin …
In those times, everything was so pure. No one thought of girls or boys. Sometimes … they were the enemies. Throw the rope until it falls. In the snow, the glitter in our eyes came from thinking about all the snow angels and snow man we can build. Even if we caught the flu, it was nothing that a little hot chocolate could not cure or a kiss from the parents. In this world, there was no time to hurry. Everything happened calmly. We arrived where we had to arrive … when we arrived. Often, we always wanted to be bigger … but there was always time to play. To draw. Smile. Laugh.
We lived. We made a joke of it all. Our biggest problem was whether we would be accepted by our colleagues, and even if it were that we were not accepted by others – we would continue on our journey. That was not what would make us sad!We were strong. Now, withholding our toys, no! Not letting us go out and play, it was almost as if they took the most important thing from us…There were no cell phones or ipads or computers. There was only sunshine and playing outside. Guess what? We did not die! We lived!