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When I was a kid

When I was a kid, I would climb up trees, Was made to wear shorts and always cut my knees. Played in the allotments, making tents from cloth and sticks, Imagining we built a fortress made of bricks. We’d play outside all hours, even till dark, Playing football, cricket or just running in the park. We’d ride around on bikes, on the pavement, along a street Where everybody gathered because then you couldn’t tweet. You would call on all your mates, ask ‘are you playing out?’ Knowing the answer would be ‘yes’, of that there was no doubt, Whatever you were doing, come rain or shine that day, There was always something to do, always time to play. Mum did all the cooking, a master chef no less, She’d bake cakes, make biscuits, ‘course we must clear the mess. On Sunday it was lunch, a roast with all the trimmings, A feast for everyone that cost only a few shillings. If you were rich or poor, it mattered not a jot, Nobody compared what he or she had got. I’d get half a crown to spend, on a Saturday no less, For me that was simply heaven, that I must confess. Along to the sweet shop, where the jars were on display, Such a massive choice that it took your breath away. I’d maybe buy some sherbet, fruit salads or pear drops, Or a lucky bag; If I could I’d have bought the shop! You knew all your neighbours, each and everyone, It was the village community to which you did belong. The happiest times, special memories to treasure, Growing up in the sixties, an extraordinary pleasure. Strand Select 5 any form, any theme Poetry Contest Date: 7th January 2020 Sponsor: Brian Strand

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Date: 2/10/2020 4:26:00 PM
Excellent details, great work. I fondly remember those days too!
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Ronald D Thompson
Date: 2/10/2020 4:33:00 PM
Thanks Diane, appreciate your comment. Best wishes...Ron
Date: 1/8/2020 9:22:00 AM
Hey, congrats to you on your podium finish in Brian's contest, Ron, with this nostalgic memory-stirrer! Way to go, my friend! :) gw
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Date: 1/8/2020 9:42:00 AM
Thanks Gershon. Well done on your Honourable Mention. Best wishes...Ron :)
Date: 1/7/2020 10:06:00 PM
Can't agree more Ronald … I too lived in a small village and we never had any gadgets, but we were never bored and rarely alone. We were very lucky kids indeed Ronald and we had the same upbringing that your poem states - thanks Ronald - Lindsay
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Ronald D Thompson
Date: 1/8/2020 9:33:00 AM
Thanks Lindsay. We were indeed lucky. Best wishes..Ron
Date: 1/7/2020 9:42:00 PM
Sincere congratulations for your win in Brian's contest, Ronald - keep the ink flowing, my friend, and best wishes for a bountiful and healthy New Year. Blessings! :o)
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Ronald D Thompson
Date: 1/8/2020 9:33:00 AM
Thanks Gregory and congrats on your 1st place placement! Best wishes to you for 2020. Ron :)
Date: 1/6/2020 1:37:00 PM
Ah, the sweet memories, Ron... Not that different where I grew up across the big pond here in America. A relatively carefree childhood, t was. ;) gw
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Ronald D Thompson
Date: 1/6/2020 4:09:00 PM
Cheers Gershon. I think the whole 60's era was more carefree with no video games or social media. Far better times in my opinion. Best wishes Ron :)
Date: 1/6/2020 1:33:00 PM
The good old days...so much fun reliving the fun and the adventures we would have. This was really cool Ron.
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Ronald D Thompson
Date: 1/6/2020 4:07:00 PM
Thanks Chris. I certainly feel lucky to have lived my youth during the 60's & 70's. Ron