An illustration of how kids played during my childhood.
Today kids do not play outside much. I recall always wanting to be outside as kid. The only thing that would prevent that was homework. Video game systems were still in their infancy; a visit to the arcade was more likely. I took a moment to reflect on the things I missed most about growing up in inner city Chicago.
Ten things that I miss growing up in the inner city:
- Penny Candy
- Icy Cups, Freeze Pops, and Snow Cones
- The Ice Cream Truck
- This is soft serve not ice cream bars—ice cream cones and banana splits
- Playing basketball on everything but a real rim
- Baby swings in the park
- A crate attached to an electric pole
- Kid games
- Hide and go seek
- Rock Teacher
- Red light – Green light
- Hit the top
- Monkey in the middle
- The corner store
- Little Debbie snack cakes were sold out of the box for 10 cents a piece
- Playing tackle football on concrete
- CPS butter cookies
- The neighborhood water park created by a fire hydrant
- Block parties
There is so much more that I miss. Feel free to share your memories. Keep it rated G.