Do Kids Play Kick-the-Can Anymore?

Patricia Bradley Life

Someone asked me the other day if kids played kick-the-can anymore. I didn’t know, so I asked a couple of kids at church. They looked at me like I’d lost my mind and asked, “Why would you kick a can?”

I started to explain that it was a game I played outside when I was their age, but I gave up when they rolled their eyes. Then, it dawned on me. Kids don’t play outside unless it’s organized sports. And that got me to thinking about other games, sayings, and other things that kids don’t have a clue about. Here’s a list:

  • Sandlot baseball  – a ragtag group of neighborhood kids choose sides and find a vacant lot and play baseball.sandlot ball
  • Cowboys and Indians (I was always an Indian) And in the same vein, sheriffs and bank robbers. I bet I ran a thousand miles every summer, riding my stick horse…or just pretending my legs were horses. Whoever was the robber went in the house and got one of their daddy’s handkerchiefs to fold in a triangle and tie around their face.
  • Rolling down the window. Kid’s nowadays have automatic windows rather than the crank ones I grew up with.
  • Double Dutch…double dutch
  • Riding in a car without a seatbelt. I remember stretching out in the floorboard or on the backseat  or standing in the middle on the hump in the floorboard. I even remember standing up in the back of a pickup as it breezed down the road. Maybe somethings are better now…or at least safer.
  • Watching the radio. Just like it was a television, only there was no picture.
  • Leaving the house after breakfast and coming home at noon just long enough to wolf down a sandwich and then go back outside until my mom yelled it was time for supper. And then going back outside to play kick-the-can or tag or hide-n-seek or catch lightening bugs.kick the can
  • Dialing a phone…or being on a party line. I can remember on Sunday afternoon listening in while some of the old ladies talked. I bet they were all of thirty years old.
    dial phone

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How about you? Can you name something you did as a kid that kids of today would not have a clue about? Leave a comment for me.

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