Saturday night we went out with a few friends to attend a play production of Oliver! put on by the Pasadena Junior Theater.
Afterwards, we discussed our observation that BTV (before TV) this was how book and stories came to life. Instead of passive activities, these kids were putting their talents and efforts together in the telling of this famous Dickens novel.
In Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, the sister’s put on plays to amuse themselves throughout the long cold eastern winters. They developed creativity and bonded together putting on such play productions. Unfortunately, children’s imagination and creativity are now programmed by adults in an office somewhere. Sadly, technology has attributed to the death childhood.
Today unstructured outdoor activity has largely disappeared for many American children. Tethered to TV and video games, they lead sedentary lives. As one fourth-grader in San Diego puts it, “I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.”
Thankfully we kids grew up in a “simpler time.” I remember spending time with my brothers and sister roaming about our 10 acres in Florida; building forts, fishing, playing on the sandpile and swing/gymnastic set, catching turtles, jumping off hay bales in the neighbor’s barn, climbing the huge oak in the front yard, planting the summer garden with our father. We were fortunate to have such memories and, unfortunately, such childhood experiences are rare these days.