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Before Helicopter Parents

We walked among the birch trees To pass the summer days. And did our best to trick ourselves To try and lose our way. But with success of getting lost Our courage turned to fright. When concern gave way to worry That we may have to spend the night. We trampled through the cheerless woods With the Sun still overhead. Unsure of where our cabin lay And where this trail led. The younger kids were quite distraught And their tears began to flow. While my Brother and I looked about For a direction we should go. The hours faded and the time grew late As we walked on dappled grass. But nothing seemed to ease our plight With twilight's gleaming set to pass. We came upon a quiet meadow And sat to ponder the challenge we all faced. In hopes a hurried rescue Would bring a Parent's warm embrace. When at that moment a car drove by On a road deftly hidden by towered weeds. And our spirits soared to see the path Which would quite comfortably suit our needs. An hour later with the Sun asleep We arrived home with a hush of anguished pain. But we were all eager for tomorrow... When we'll happily lose ourselves again. The End *True story. As kids we would march into the woods, get lost and see if we could find our way home. *For those who might be interested. I will be posting my cartoon 'Bob's your Uncle' on my homepage. A new one will appear every second day.

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Date: 9/16/2019 11:08:00 AM
Luckily, I grew up on a farm and had some adventures that I would not have had otherwise. Woods were everywhere.
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Date: 9/8/2019 6:05:00 PM
Hello David McHattie, you were brave to go into the woods and get lost. Then to find your way out. Some people get lost in the woods and can not find their way out. Have a nice evening my friend.
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David McHattie
Date: 9/13/2019 8:53:00 PM
On the nice days we were swimming but on those rainy days we were tramping through the woods. It was great. Have a good day.
Date: 9/6/2019 7:22:00 PM
G'day David … Certainly took me back to the days when kids were allowed to be adventurous and not molly-coddled. Times have changed so much - thank you David - Lindsay
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David McHattie
Date: 9/6/2019 9:27:00 PM
Love that term... molly-coddled. Young people see more fragile... i wonder? Have a great day.
Date: 8/29/2019 6:54:00 PM
Ha, ha. I remember those days well--- and that creeping fear as the day waned... Today? --- Just try to get lost. It takes real skill! LOL. Thanks for the memories, David. ~ gw
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David McHattie
Date: 9/6/2019 9:28:00 PM
GPS has ruined a lot of great adventures. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 8/25/2019 11:45:00 AM
getting lost to see if you can find your way: An interesting tho scary concept! (btw Thanks for your comments on my channel.)
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Date: 8/19/2019 7:27:00 PM
i was just in montana and we were not allowed to venture off the ranch for fear we would get lost in the wilderness...as a child we only had some woods near our home, it was hard to get lost in them but i loved to play in them and hide myself in the most secluded tree, until darkness came off course... sounds like a fun childhood, nice write!~ :)
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David McHattie
Date: 9/6/2019 9:29:00 PM
As kids we were all pretty brave until it got dark... then we would scurry home. Have a great day.
Date: 8/19/2019 3:07:00 PM
we had a big woods behind our house but fortunately we never got lost in it. but wow, did we ever play: building forts, sledding down its snowy hills in winter, skating on its pond. Those were sure the days that you have made me remember. Funny term for today's parents: helicopter!!
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David McHattie
Date: 8/19/2019 6:25:00 PM
I never let my Son do half the things we did as children. I guess there is a little 'helicopter parenting' in all of us. Have a good day my friend.
Date: 8/18/2019 3:38:00 PM
David, What a nice tale of lost land wander & trespass. Wound up at the edge of a huge quarry this way once. May you always find your way back in memories. -Richard
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David McHattie
Date: 8/19/2019 6:23:00 PM
It's not the destination... it's the journey. The destination is of minor importance unless you're being chased by bears. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 8/17/2019 7:11:00 PM
The best times I ever had camping and adventuring often including being lost. What fun...:) Don't forget a secret compass ...as a parent, we have to keep our superhero image up at all times. Ann
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David McHattie
Date: 8/19/2019 6:20:00 PM
We were not bright enough to have a compass. In retrospect that sounds like a good idea fro anyone tramping through the woods. Have a great day.
Date: 8/16/2019 11:39:00 PM
I love this, I just do. The rhyme and flow blend delightfully to further engage the reader in a dramatic unfolding that hooked me. Sheer joy and entertaining reading with an added kick that twists the human nature component. I love deliberating getting lost WHEN SOMEONE IS WITH ME. A great poem ... CayCay
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David McHattie
Date: 8/17/2019 1:03:00 PM
Kids love pushing their limits. I still do. I love taking chances... I tend to write longer poems even though I know many people don't have the time or inclination to read longer poems. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 8/16/2019 9:37:00 PM
I did similar things living in the country. It's the simple things kids these days seem to be missing out on. beautiful write.
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David McHattie
Date: 8/17/2019 12:59:00 PM
I think it's important for kids to be bored once in a while so they have to fall back on their imagination. Have a great day.
Date: 8/14/2019 4:17:00 PM
beautiful forest adventure, david; one for your own book of memoirs...huggs
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David McHattie
Date: 8/14/2019 9:33:00 PM
I was a little sad when my parents sold it and headed for the coast of B.C. Well... nothing lasts forever. Have a good one.
Date: 8/14/2019 3:10:00 PM
Awww David I read this with awe. I always would say while driving on a road trip, "We aren't lost just temporarily confused." This poem is a beaut David thank you for getting me lost.
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David McHattie
Date: 8/14/2019 9:31:00 PM
We only met a bear once which is surprising since they are everywhere. Have a great day.
Date: 8/14/2019 8:56:00 AM
Sounds like a stellar adventure.
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David McHattie
Date: 8/14/2019 9:30:00 PM
It was good fun. If we weren't putting ourselves in harms way... we weren't having fun. Have a great day my friend.
Date: 8/14/2019 12:03:00 AM
David, this is a delightful story of a childhood memory, I used to venture into the woods near my home too, I was a collector of stuff that I gathered and would bring home to my mother's disgust !
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Date: 8/13/2019 1:57:00 PM
- I had the forest as a neighbor - We always playing in the woods as a child ... we always found our way home ... when we were hungry :) - Many thanks, David ... gave me pleasant thoughts :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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David McHattie
Date: 8/13/2019 2:48:00 PM
When I look back... I'm amazed we all survived. But we had a great time. Have a good day my friend.
Date: 8/13/2019 10:13:00 AM
I surely remember "before helicopter parents," though we had desert and hills instead of forests; and I also remember my own children scaring me spitless. Loved your poem.
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David McHattie
Date: 8/13/2019 2:44:00 PM
I think kids have a natural energy that has to be released. I believe structured play is important but kids need to be on their own and learn how to behave in a social group without parents there to 'boss' them around. Have a great day.
Date: 8/13/2019 9:57:00 AM
David, I enjoyed reading your nostalgic poem! Blessings, Kim
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David McHattie
Date: 8/13/2019 2:42:00 PM
Thanks Kim. It's always fun to relive important child memories. Have a great day.
Date: 8/13/2019 3:10:00 AM
I had no woods but we were free to roam in both city and suburbs. I do understand parents concerns today. Nonetheless, your poem brought back incredible jots. Thanks excellently written Panagiota R
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David McHattie
Date: 8/13/2019 9:44:00 AM
Our cabin was in northern Saskatchewan. You could walk due north and reach the north pole without seeing another human being. Have a great day my friend.