Kids will be kids
In a time of cellphones and computers and Xbox games, it may seem as if children play with nothing else any more – until the school holiday starts…
When I cycle, as I do regularly, I find that I notice much more than when I’m in a car and sounds are more distinct. The other day I cycled past a pond and saw a group of barefoot boys playing kleilat. Bare arms and legs, hands covered in mud, they screamed with laughter as they tried to see who could sling the clay the furthest. A little further along was a group catching fish. In a park there were barefoot children playing on the slides and swings, shouting and yelling. Seated at a concrete table was a group of women and children chatting, everyone dressed warmly in scarves and beanies – in contrast to the active, noisy children.
I found it amazing to see that these children still love playing barefoot. It took me back to a time when technology was much simpler, but I also saw it as proof that childhood today is not that different to what we experienced.