Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Relic of the Past Right Outside my Door



I love my neighborhood. In the mornings people are walking dogs, walking to the bus or subway and walking with their children. Lots of baby carriages and little ones. Now each morning the bus to day camp waits on the corner across from my building and parents are knocking on the windows and waving goodbye to their children. It's probably not the image most people have of New York, but in my corner of the city there are lots of children.
Still I was puzzled for a few minutes when I walked down my block tonight. It had just gotten dark and at first all I could see was bright colored markings on the sidewalk. As I got closer I realized I was seeing one of my favorite games of childhood, hopscotch, and lots of bright pictures done with colored chalk. I was surprised. I didn't think kids still played hopscotch or amused themselves on summer afternoons with a box of chalk. And I didn't think it happened in Manhattan. I am so glad to be so wrong.

9 comments:

Mimi said...

HI!!!
I too LOVED playing hopscotch!!! I only had white chalk!!!!!
How fun to see this in Manhattan!!!! I envy you some times!!!!!Like getting to walk everywhere!!!! Feel the excitement in the air!!!!
hugs,
jamie

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Seeing sidewalk chalk always makes me smile. But I'm old, and easily amused~tee hee!

Chatty Crone said...

Seeing sidewalk chalk makes my inside feel happy. Life is good - especially when we look and appreciate the little things like this.

Elizabeth said...

How great! I actually know people who won't allow their kids to draw on their driveway. That is awful!
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Tammy said...

My grands visited this past July 4th and we have a paved drive that they really decorated with a tub full of colored chalks...I loved their drawings so much and I should have taken pictures, but I didn't...sigh....

Betty Rubble said...

*Smile* Isn't it nice to see!

Amrita said...

Nice to have kids activity in the neighbourhood.

Neabear said...

That is so fun! The kids across the street draw on their pavers with chalk. I used to let my kids to that. Shame on the people who won't let the kids draw on their driveway. After all it washes away with the rain or if you are watering.