playground from a disappearing world

Playground from a Disappearing World

I haven’t seen children playing tag or hide-&-seek in decades–do they still do it?

And it’s been ages since I’ve heard a mother calling her children home for supper from the front porch.

But playgrounds are still around, if sparsely populated. Children still swing on the swings and slide down the slides, but the slides are plastic and the run is short, and the swings are chained to bars half as high as they used to be.

What’s being lost is a way of experiencing life without corporate intrusion–no one sells you a playground, and not even a mother intrudes on a game of hide-&-seek.

Such a world helped children shape their destiny on their own terms, something that can’t be done on line where today’s children vanish.

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