one thing i enjoy about facebook is the old pictures that friends and fam upload to walk down memory lane together with you. like this one, for instance. my older brother uploaded it while reminiscing about the old buggie he rebuilt in the 80s. but i couldn't stop looking at the picture because it shows the place where i played for the first 12 years of my life. it transported me back in time to simpler, sunnier days, and it's been making really happy to stare at today.
we lived on a corner in a typical o.c. tract neighborhood. all day the kids hung out at that corner, played on that grass, got drinks out of that hose, went through the secret passage way in the juniper bushes, and only left the area to go "around the block" over and over again. sometimes it was on bikes with banana seats, sometimes roller skates, sometimes big wheels, sometimes walking, even occasionally on skateboards with cardboard boxes on them (our "cars"). i bet that block is not nearly as big as i remember it being, but i remember it being quite a trip.
but the main thing i love about this picture is tree cover you can see in the upper right corner. that's how it was all around the block. even on really hot days you could find a great place to play in some serious shade. everyone had a huge tree or trees somewhere on their property, and bushes, and ivy, and a great variety of things. the only reason we had those young trees on the corner was because my mom sold our big palm tree to some palm springs landscapers, ha!
where are neighborhoods like that anymore? with bushes big enough to hide in? and kids that go around the block together all afternoon? and normal sized houses? and the old winkfields next door? ok, i don't need the winkfields. but i'd sure love to give my kids the rest.