It's really an amazing article and got very strong reactions from all my friends.
Many of our observations were the same. For example, when I was little, if my parents had people over, we were sent upstairs for the duration of the event. We were not running around jostling margaritas out of people's hands or pawing the olive tray. Adult events were for adults, and children were elsewhere. Now, that is not the custom.
We were also not really part of the conversation if we were in public with my parents and other adults. They had adult conversations and we either talked to the other miniature humans present or just hushed. :)
There were tons of kid-centric events - it wasn't like we lived in the kid gulag, but there was a very distinct border between adult life and kid life, especially in public.
One of my friends said "we understood we weren't the center of the universe, our parents were." They were, after all, the ones providing us with the Matchbox Cars and Stretch Armstrong, so it seemed quite fair at the time.
We were also expected to go amuse ourselves in the summer and other non-school periods until such time as we were fit to be paid to do something.
The same friend said that if she declared she was bored her father would respond: "Bored? Well - get some inner resources!"
Can you THINK of a better piece of advice for ANY human than that?
That should be on a monument somewhere.
It's funny, because in the tweet before she told me that, I saw this quote come through...
“You can't use up creativity.
The more you use, the more you have.”
Isn't that the truth? I think artists get this because we get into self perpetuating frenzies of creating from time to time. Usually this ends up in some sort of massive shopping spree as well (cough - holiday mini - cough) but we understand how being creative makes us more creative with our very DNA.
This is the thing that a "run off and play" childhood gave me, in my opinion. I created a lot of my universe, and I do still to this day. And it makes me very, very happy.
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Now go outside and play.