May 3, 2009

Small Town Snapshot Sunday #7

It's Small Town Snapshot Sunday! Read the rules and get the banners here. Be sure you include the link to your post at the bottom of this entry and also, tag your post "stss" or "small town snapshot sunday" so people can search for it and find you!

This week I'm doing another "theme" for my own STSS entry. It's all about how kids in the country entertain themselves. When I was a kid I lived farther out in the country than my own kids do. We live in a small town, but right downtown so there is a little more to do and see than out in farm country where I lived. I was limited to anything having to do with nature... going to the river, sitting by the edge of the pond and feeding fish, playing on the swing, wallowing in a hay pile, walking in the woods, and lots of lots of imagination games.

Here are some other ways to entertain yourself in the country:

Sliding on a slide...

And if you can't find a "real" slide, just roll down the hill!

And if the hill is covered in snow, get a trash can lid and slide anyway!

In the spring, sit in the flowers...

Or play in a puddle...

You can use your butterfly net to catching flying critters. And if you can't catch any of them, you can always catch yourself!

Or you can find a thong tree and pretend it's a horse!

Old paint cans are versatile play things. You can put stuff in them...

Or wear them as a fashion statement!

Superheroes can practice leaping off downed pine trees (which are also very bouncy)...

Or build up their strength by playing tug-of-war with a stubborn root!

And if you run out of things to do at your own place, you can trespass on the neighbor's property and dig in their recently tilled garden until your mom notices and makes you stop!

Enjoy this Sunday in your own small town!

Small Town Snapshot Sunday Participants
1. Junkaholic
2. Douglas
3. Theodora
4. Fig
5. Zuco
6. Ubud
7. Linda

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  1. Thanks for linking to me! I enjoyed your blog post, as well. It made me wonder... do you think most of the creative geniuses of our time grew up in small towns? Sure, cities are all about arts and culture. But it's in small towns that kids get to exercise their imaginations. Had never thought of it that way before.

  2. Lovely photos. I'm useless with a camera, so will never venture into STSS, but I do enjoy seeing the results here.

  3. That was a fun post! I particularly liked the thong tree info!

  4. Fig, I hope you will join us next week! I do think people who are left to themselves DO have a creative advantage (country or city). You learn to make a lot of out nothing much at all. It's a skill, that's for sure!

    Madame DeFarge, one of the rules of STSS is that you can do a text post! So if you ever feel inspired to paint a "text portrait" of your small town, feel free!

    Jay, thanks! I love the thong trees. We have a lot of them here. I end up in the woods a lot with my job so when I see them I always orient myself to see if it really is pointing to water and almost always they do! Every now and then you'll see a tree like that which is "natural" made, that is a sapling formed in that shape due to natural forces. So, it's not 100% BUT in our area if you're desperate for water and you see one chances are good you'll find water if you head in that direction.

    MJ: I'm glad that's a tradition that continues. When I was a kid I loved rolling down the hill. (Which might explain a lot about my brain being scrambled...)


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