Categories

Soupygirltwitting

Free Range Childhood Memories

When I was driving around with the Sparkle Girl the other day a childhood memory came flashing back.  One I hadn’t thought about in years and years, but it made me smile and I thought about Lenore Skenazy’s campaign to bring back formerly normal pursuits for children.  This is a totally Free Range Childhood memory and I’m not sure it could happen today.

We lived on a military base outside of Memphis, TN.  NAS Memphis was a Naval air station that has since been decommissioned.  We lived in the Hospital Quarters near the bright shiny new hospital and a few blocks away from my elementary school, Millington East.  We walked to school every day, without my mother or any other adult.  Usually we walked with another child from the neighborhood through the chain link fence topped with razor wire, across a busy street where the cross guard would call me “Elly”, then on to school.  We rode our bikes around the neighborhood and played outside all the time.

My sister and I bickered incessantly, which I’m certain contributed to my mother’s desire to get us the hell out of the house.  Often we played with the neighbor kids and sometimes by ourselves.  We rode bikes all over.  We sometimes walked down to the pool in summer, but usually we spent the day unaccompanied at the Officer’s Club pool.  If my mom was with us, she certainly wasn’t hovering over us reapplying SPF 10,000 sunscreen, feeding us healthy organic snacks, reminding us to play nice with the other kids and  making sure we didn’t drown.  We played “Man from Atlantis” and mermaid, tried to see how long we could hold our breath under water, jumped off the high dive and ate popsicles from the snack stand. We had dance classes and Girl Scouts and day camp but these activities didn’t consume our lives.  We had plenty of breathing room.

The particular memory that came to me the other day involved a time that I went out exploring on my own, if my sister was with me I don’t recall it.  There were some barracks that had been  demolished but the debris had not been cleaned up.  There was a whole area with rows of stoops leading to rubble.  I climbed all over it and made an excellent discovery.  Telephone wire!  Lots and lots of colorful telephone wire.  For those of you unfamiliar with this wonderful stuff it is thin plastic coated wire.  The plastic is all kinds of amazing colors, some of it striped like candy canes.   I hauled this stuff home and showed it to my mom, who is the craftiest woman I know.  We turned this “trash” into so many treasures.  We twisted it into bracelets and necklaces and all kinds of shapes.  Endless fun.  I have a vague feeling I might have skinned my knee or cut myself on the debris, but the memory of the adventure and the discovery is so much more potent!!!

These days I don’t think I would be allowed out on my own like that.  I certainly wouldn’t have access to a giant pile of housing rubble since it would be surrounded by plastic orange fencing to keep out little explorers like myself.  Cool stuff like telephone wire would be removed for recycling or reuse (which really is a good thing).  This magic discovery just wouldn’t be possible today and that makes me a little sad.  So many kids will never know what it is like to just wander around on their own time and under their own direction.  Today’s kids are so scheduled with activities or so sedated with video games that there is no opportunity to get out alone much less be allowed to do it.  Even kids that get to pursue their own personal world without adults live in a much more sanitized environment.  Sure we feel “safer”, but I’m not so certain that is true.  It’s an illusion of safety.  It seems that we’ve traded “danger” for self imprisonment and that makes me feel clausterphobic.

I fully intend that my daughter will have opportunities for such self-directed adventure.  That I can provide opportunities for her to spend time exactly like she wants and in the process learn self-reliance, build confidence and exercise her imagination.

ellen-bizzy-photo-booth.jpg

Free Range Kids from about 1975

39 comments to Free Range Childhood Memories

  1. Natasha
    May 5th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This totally struck a chord. My brother and I used to bike liberally around the grounds of the Ringling Museum/Ca’d Zan mansion complex just up the street from our house in Sarasota FL. We climbed in banyan trees, dug through the rubble from the crumbling sea wall (which included lots of gorgeous colored granite from the mansion patio), rode our bikes across the lawns, much to the delight of elderly museum goers I’m sure… I took H and Z there a few weeks ago and *gasp* paid ADMISSION to walk around a securely fenced compound…no bikes allowed…little signs on the banyans that state “no climbing”…etc. Frankly, the grounds and associated museum buildings are kept in far better condition now than they were in my day, and both tourist volume and “quality” (nattily dressed, waiting patiently for the tram) are I’m sure the toast of the board of directors…but I do mourn the wilder days when things weren’t so buttoned up, and neighborhood kids roamed free as if they owned the place. I can’t even think of somewhere like that here at home. Sigh.

  2. TERRENCE
    July 16th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    < blockquote >< a href=”http://buy-meds.comsyhost.com/buy_viagra_en-us.html” >Buy Viagra< /a >< /b >< /blockquote >…

    Buy Cheap Generic.Drugs Today!…

  3. Timothy
    June 9th, 2014 at 2:13 am

    < a href = “http://google.com/?n=o=o=b=15&lol= assure@equalizers.mervin”>.< / a >…

    tnx for info….

  4. Alfredo
    July 27th, 2014 at 6:30 am

    < a href = “http://google.com/?p=35&lol= topic@masons.disappointment”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ çà èíôó!!…

  5. Salvador
    August 22nd, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    < a href = “http://org.artistmart.ru/?p=20&lol= nullity@par.chap”>.< / a >…

    thank you!!…

  6. carl
    August 23rd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    < a href = “http://ru.albumvoyage.ru/?p=9&lol= nolens@surrendering.cuddleback”>.< / a >…

    thank you!!…

  7. Randall
    August 24th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    < a href = “http://eu.poiskmogil.ru/?p=46&lol= calculators@navel.shakespeare”>.< / a >…

    ?????????????….

  8. Darrell
    August 24th, 2014 at 5:20 am

    < a href = “http://wp.albumtrail.ru/?p=22&lol= seventeenth@belittling.bleeker”>.< / a >…

    ???!!…

  9. John
    August 26th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    < a href = “http://list.mp3route.ru/?p=31&lol= menilmontant@ventilates.bun”>.< / a >…

    tnx….

  10. max
    November 13th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    < a href = “http://trustedpillspot.com/?p=777&lol= trusted@pillspot.com”>.< / a >…

    thanks for information….

  11. Charles
    November 16th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    < a href = “http://ru.artistcat.ru/?p=19&lol= wineorbeer@southland.resonances”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ!…

  12. Danny
    November 18th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    < a href = “http://fr.songcruiser.ru/?p=41&lol= homer@fraternity.clove”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ….

  13. franklin
    November 19th, 2014 at 3:58 am

    < a href = “http://eu.reggaemp3.ru/?p=18&lol= leyte@hopkinsian.geographically”>.< / a >…

    tnx!…

  14. antonio
    November 19th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    < a href = “http://hartford.artistfish.ru/?p=43&lol= boaz@campfire.minced”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ….

  15. Vincent
    November 20th, 2014 at 2:14 am

    < a href = “http://uk.artistcycle.ru/?p=16&lol= create@nahce.choosy”>.< / a >…

    tnx for info!…

  16. dean
    November 22nd, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    < a href = “http://list.albumoutlet.ru/?p=12&lol= lowell@contender.bulloch”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ!…

  17. floyd
    November 23rd, 2014 at 6:19 am

    < a href = “http://treading.mp3keep.ru/?p=30&lol= beautifying@inharmonious.ive”>.< / a >…

    hello!!…

  18. marcus
    November 24th, 2014 at 2:43 am

    < a href = “http://wp.albumshark.ru/?p=23&lol= taste@profound.portico”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ çà èíôó!!…

  19. alberto
    November 24th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    < a href = “http://net.artistroute.ru/?p=3&lol= pimens@pendulum.shifters”>.< / a >…

    thank you!!…

  20. Roland
    November 25th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    < a href = “http://org.artiststation.ru/?p=46&lol= portrait@annual.redeeming”>.< / a >…

    áëàãîäàðåí!!…

  21. keith
    November 25th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    < a href = “http://uk.mp3ify.ru/?p=3&lol= basler@relaxes.heroine”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ….

  22. shawn
    November 29th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    < a href = “http://net.albumcore.ru/?p=41&lol= firebug@meyner.meminisse”>.< / a >…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!…

  23. Gary
    November 30th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    < a href = “http://shop.polivinil.ru/?p=30&lol= option@cocao.loved”>.< / a >…

    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ!!…

  24. russell
    November 30th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    < a href = “http://fr.albumity.ru/?p=11&lol= attempts@doctors.ponderous”>.< / a >…

    tnx for info….

  25. kelly
    December 1st, 2014 at 6:28 am

    < a href = “http://org.soundtrackmp3.ru/?p=4&lol= dens@darin.pertinent”>.< / a >…

    good….

  26. Jay
    December 6th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    < a href = “http://fr.albumency.ru/?p=22&lol= disseminated@tribesmen.silhouette”>.< / a >…

    good!…

  27. Eugene
    December 8th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    < a href = “http://admittedly.artistband.ru/?p=12&lol= kulturbund@pamela.discussant”>.< / a >…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!…

  28. calvin
    December 14th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    < a href = “http://wp.oldiesmusic.ru/?p=4&lol= electromagneticandcorpuscular@hegemony.skyscraper”>.< / a >…

    tnx for info!!…

  29. Joe
    December 14th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    < a href = “http://gainesville.mp3system.ru/?p=2&lol= conscription@brutally.considerately”>.< / a >…

    thanks for information!!…

  30. Samuel
    December 16th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    < a href = “http://com.albumtoken.ru/?p=11&lol= scrubbed@fellowships.withhold”>.< / a >…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó….

  31. leonard
    December 17th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    < a href = “http://catalog.mp3monger.ru/?p=11&lol= elusive@boundless.emilio”>.< / a >…

    good info!!…

  32. Calvin
    December 19th, 2014 at 2:54 am

    < a href = “http://ch.skalyrics.ru/?p=21&lol= elusive@boundless.emilio”>.< / a >…

    tnx for info!!…

  33. Raul
    December 19th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    < a href = “http://eu.albumtect.ru/?p=46&lol= parking@josef.lucian”>.< / a >…

    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ!…

  34. Oscar
    December 19th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    < a href = “http://cat.songsquad.ru/?p=23&lol= clues@handiest.fdas”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ!!…

  35. jonathan
    December 19th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    < a href = “http://org.songroad.ru/?p=34&lol= leatherman@sidelong.bruckner”>.< / a >…

    ñïñ!!…

  36. Wayne
    December 19th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    < a href = “http://cat.artistsloop.ru/?p=34&lol= successes@burmans.lsu”>.< / a >…

    tnx….

  37. Rene
    December 19th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    < a href = “http://net.albumcore.ru/?p=17&lol= middletoupper@additionally.another”>.< / a >…

    thank you!!…

  38. benjamin
    December 22nd, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    < a href = “http://en.mp3system.ru/?p=6&lol= woodworking@universities.head”>.< / a >…

    thanks….

  39. max
    December 25th, 2014 at 3:06 am

    < a href = “http://catalog.artistrange.ru/?p=49&lol= fantasia@harcourt.fairview”>.< / a >…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!!…

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

  • sexy costumes on young girls pics
  • huge old gaping granny pussy
  • Girls kiss first
  • free gallery hentai movie porn
  • japanese solo panty girls
  • asian sex tour movies
  • fake naked rihanna pics
  • amature porn stories videos
  • hotyoung pussy galleries
  • celeb sex free movies
  • topless lawnmower racing video
  • japanese free teen galleries
  • sexy college girls asian
  • celeste group sex movie
  • little girls small porn
  • baby cakes porn videos
  • blowjob video show how to swallow
  • lesbian xxx sex thumbnail pics
  • pics of women removing their bikini
  • rather extreme free fisting sex galleries
  • free porn youngest girls
  • chicks pics nude free
  • free teen girls abusing men movies
  • teen kalie pics
  • couples masturbation pictures
  • real pictures of long female nipples
  • erotic nudist girls
  • Sexy silhouette girls
  • black men and mature women
  • pics of girls totally naked
  • Nude girls making out
  • free amature video of gloryhole wife
  • Nude pics of jenifer aniston
  • asian girls giving blowjobs
  • amateur chubby teen girl videos
  • granny xxx porn tube
  • porn video fiest time anal
  • Xxx busty girls
  • Lindsay lohan nude pussy
  • wife cuckold husband with black cock
  • black teenage thumbs
  • rough painful anal fuck
  • girls birthday party favors
  • teen amateur outdoor sex pics
  • black group sex porn site orgy
  • skinny girls stripping videos
  • wwe girls torie striptease video
  • adult video anal attack
  • video free trailer young girls fucking
  • teen asian lesbians having sex
  • free porn blue eyed babes
  • watch cartoon porn videos online
  • weird video giant latex breasts
  • old men with sexy babes
  • adult videos of boobs
  • acompanhantes anal sexo
  • free nude blonde sex galleries
  • free cumshot porn movies
  • hot boobs sex pics
  • adult website with naked boobs pictures
  • young innocent black kids
  • pov bikini girl sex xxx
  • homade flashing videos
  • erotic images lesbians toys
  • linsie lohan porn video
  • youngest teen tittys
  • married couple threesome porn video
  • college guys and girls sex
  • amateur girls stroking guys
  • live shemale webcam
  • Sex video of girls
  • sexiest bikini pics gallery
  • Hot sex veido
  • online asian sex videos
  • video gratuite amateur de sexe
  • holly valance topless photoshoot video
  • japanese guy european girl porn
  • young violent porn tubes
  • white women eating black pussy
  • hien video anal
  • fre sex with xxx
  • porn smoking babes
  • xxx mother and teens
  • watch adult mature movies online
  • hairy black porn tubes
  • amateur girls in hazleton
  • extreme young sister fuck vidos
  • blowjob swallows entire dick amanda
  • wife blackmailed to fuck stories
  • Milf lesbians fucking
  • julie night anal sex
  • hot girls blonde sex kissing
  • innocent little teenie girls
  • oral party orgy
  • christinamodel hardcore home video
  • Naked college girls sex
  • asian lesbian seduction
  • Vanessa anne hudgens nude photo
  • free lesbian blowjob videos
  • pantyhose fetish free movies hardcore
  • rachel roxx porn videos
  • Asian teen pron
  • filipino girls big boobs utube
  • amateur porn french couch
  • black lesbians with nice asses
  • thick pussy juice images
  • naked women on harley davidson
  • free anime shemale porn movies
  • teen porn asian
  • naked hollywood video
  • girls rubbing tits videos
  • amateur home movies of ass worship
  • free sex tube nasty videos
  • young old anal
  • Cute non nude teens
  • free ebony porn no credic cards
  • ebony teen tits and ass pics
  • hardcore ethnic sex
  • porn egorey videos
  • free video black fucking
  • naughty women naked nude erotic sex
  • girls fuck male stripper
  • Nude pics of jlo
  • naked ronert park ca girls
  • free indian sex site for pictures
  • how to give self anal orgasm
  • movie black book
  • girls posing in basket pictures
  • petite japanese minimodel photos
  • watch wife give oral
  • wife and husband in threesome
  • free nude cheating wife video
  • disquisting porn hardcore pussy
  • bree olsen pov fuck video
  • nude pics sex
  • download pornstar movies
  • asian fantasy girl
  • older mature lesbians
  • free philippine teen pussy
  • small breasted black lesbien
  • free xxx black films
  • Anal hard movies
  • free extreme double anal movies
  • mom and boy pussy galleries
  • pussy fuck oral housewife milf tit
  • free black pussy lick
  • wife massaged naked
  • shannon boobs webshots pictures
  • free xxx movies nice girls
  • brunette schoolgirl and black cock
  • indian teen sex free video
  • naked women showing pussy breast
  • soft penis gets handjob video
  • free solo teen pussy videos
  • sex dare and amateur
  • porn blowjob pics
  • girl rubbing her pussy video
  • Dev d sex scene
  • high school girls black guys
  • parents dicipline fuck drunk teen
  • big butt transsexual pov bare back
  • black amateur fucktapes
  • home photos young pussy little
  • dig tits cum vids
  • movie blind husband voyeuristic wife
  • sexy secretaries office sex porn movies
  • free young men older woman videos
  • girlfriend fucks my ass
  • black bettys boobs
  • you can cum in my pussy
  • Best of interracial
  • sexy women with small breasts
  • free vintage french hairy pussy
  • porn strong muscular girls
  • mature women seduce teen video
  • bysexual reality t v show
  • Sex and the city vogue photo shoot
  • Indian sex stills
  • julia ann black dick anal
  • does sex really happen in movies
  • blonde teen porno
  • tranny porn vids
  • Photos small tits
  • grandpa fucks teen young
  • stream softcore movie
  • hottest nude girls pics
  • sexy hooter girls
  • black kinky porn
  • lesbian porn sites for lesbians
  • busty young teenagers porn
  • ipad porn pics
  • Indian aunty doing sex
  • white girl likes big black dick
  • s mature vids
  • girl changing room gallery
  • japan boys teen cute gallery olympic
  • porn tiavastube medical closeup ob gyn
  • amateur homemade big toy porn
  • amateur titty fuck movie gallery
  • black girls doing exteme deepthroats
  • porn videos long free amateur young
  • Indian nude sexy girls
  • real brother sister fuck videos
  • anal sex after drug
  • hot wet lesbian sex
  • massage fuck young tube movie
  • japanese premium porn pay sites mp
  • badass anime girl pictures
  • elegy penelope cruz breasts video
  • Cherokee ass pics
  • young naked girls shaved
  • story family sexy girl fucking
  • free of lesbian school girls
  • girl sucker videos
  • japan cumshots google
  • homosexualite encule anal sexe
  • hardcore princess pics
  • free caught porn videos
  • grope japan train video
  • young black men grandma sex
  • youngest asian school girls tpg
  • teen amateur party nudes
  • girl fingering till orgasm
  • Nude sex yoga
  • free video little pussy gets fucked
  • topless harley girl photos
  • married bisex cuople fucking threesome
  • amateur voyeur movies
  • free porn pics from deep throat
  • teens wearing thongs to youngn
  • free shemale strokers videos
  • slutload teenage cumshots
  • pole dance videos naked girls young
  • mom daughter milf teen anal
  • youngest banned teens
  • short blck girl porn
  • Hot girls getting pounded
  • How to get a huge ass
  • Homemade nude pic
  • free hot new sex videos
  • sexy black girls montgomery alabama
  • virtual porn young
  • Sexy hot lesbian girls
  • way out sex xxxx
  • christmas party at rainbow girls camp
  • After anal sex
  • big tit fuck videos
  • cute teen amateur
  • japan girl nude
  • bottom topless girls peeing outdoors
  • naked young kid girls
  • young asian sex babes
  • Sexy nude girls galleries
  • dana hamm topless pics
  • Amatuer big ass
  • Pairs hilton sex video
  • xxx sex porn tubes spanking
  • johns hopkins young girl death
  • petite japanese minimodel photos
  • home wife sex
  • blowjob pics in hd
  • lovely marilyn porn video
  • Suck my wifes tits
  • nude black ass
  • adult movie asian actress
  • new pornstar movies
  • blonde hefty nude girls
  • asina young pussy
  • pictures of doing oarl sex
  • russian beauty queen sex first porn
  • Dita von teese sex video
  • japanese girl at the doctor
  • sex video real estate women porn
  • Chinese sex teens
  • japanese moms pussy masturbation
  • Albanian nude girls
  • girls babes hot sexy gystyle
  • free and human porn movies
  • sexy young torrent
  • villeage girl sex video
  • mother boyfriend daughter sex pics
  • pictures naked older men
  • free indian girls sex videos
  • watch girl teens tortured adult
  • xxx tube girls
  • Big tit lesbian pictures
  • california xxx hardcore
  • teen sex xvideos
  • flat korean women shaved
  • hottest chicks sucking dick
  • free erotic sex stories hardcore
  • k girl xxx tubes
  • sexy teen fuck pics
  • hot housewives sex
  • naked little young japanese girls vids
  • naked girlfriend rate
  • teen micro mini bikini naked
  • teen cock sucking videos
  • boys that suck their friends dick
  • free cowgirl lesbian porn pics
  • sexy webcam girl masturbating pussy
  • black anal teachers
  • Old black ass
  • Japan big boob girl
  • free video blowjob sandwich
  • Shannon tweed nude videos
  • teen nude pics young
  • mature man fucks little young boy
  • gorgeous naked blonde videos
  • sex boobs and cocks
  • solo asian male pictures photos
  • girls big boobs fuck
  • sexy asian dance videos
  • Nude girls in nylons
  • Really sexy ass
  • free round ass teen girls
  • movies by jack black
  • free pics of women porn gallieries
  • young sex fantasies
  • black swimmer gets framed movie
  • free naked teens pictures
  • aliyah victoria latina girl girl porn
  • be in porn movies
  • young fucking throat ass
  • amateur black ass
  • mature lesbian moms and girls
  • online sex with wife
  • japanese teen girls in bikinis
  • free naked male porn for women
  • fucking petite blondes
  • very young girls
  • mature lesbian strapon porn
  • free pics of black milfs
  • Hot naked pictures
  • massive breasts pictures
  • free teen tiny blowjob
  • mature ebony pussy tubes
  • free family nudism pics
  • porn videos pay sites
  • asian teen school girls
  • black women big asses naked
  • blonde sexy shemale tubes
  • teen age homemade sex movies
  • sammi black pics
  • free teen porn tube videos
  • Sexy milk boobs
  • my wife does black
  • girls pissing movie
  • free amateur chubby porn movies
  • big boobs sex redtube
  • homemade pussy closeup
  • japanese beauties schoolgirls
  • porn tube girl
  • hott young women free porn
  • big black tits theater monster
  • free thong naked galleries
  • song lryics pussy
  • jenna presley big tits full movies
  • spring break bikini videos
  • video whoop somebodys ass fuuny
  • curvey brunettes video
  • girlfriend video ass
  • free streeming porn for playgirl
  • most hardcore movies of
  • blonde beauty pics
  • girls nude party
  • free porn pictures sex
  • flashing pictures and photo editing
  • milf fully dressed sex video
  • Cute sexy nude girls
  • beautiful wife trys black cock
  • Emo girl porn vids
  • supper hot lesbians fucking porn video
  • Hot ass big
  • free cock pussy sites
  • Wife fucking husband in ass
  • Teens sex vidoes
  • pics of mila kunis boobs
  • hardcore young girl fucking
  • free hardcore teen sex pictures
  • erotic instructional demand videos
  • free movies of women having sex
  • asstr files pussy
  • Long lesbian videos
  • black strobe chemical sweet girl
  • stepsister caught me jerking sex videos
  • adult free video sex pussy pron
  • asian graphic naked pics
  • Sexy teens sex
  • hear girls orgasm
  • buff lady pics closeup
  • young girls peeing their pants
  • skinny girl big tits sex
  • anal sex with mandy
  • pictures of black leopards
  • teen girls hot kissing
  • topless russian teen videos
  • donald matthew grice jason black video
  • sex toys on pussy
  • bitchy redhead porn videos