When I was a kid, we had a whole lot of fun. I lived on a cul-de-sac street, with fourteen homes and twenty-five kids, which meant there was always someone ready to play, swim or ride bikes. My best friend, Billy, lived next door, and we spent hours riding bikes, climbing trees or having orange fights with the other boys, and sometimes girls, on our street.
And to top that, my cousins, who had lived across the street in our previous neighborhood, now lived just a mile away, an easy walk, bike ride or plaintive "Please Mom, take me" away.
On a Saturday morning, we would head out the door, and, as long as we were back by dinner, we were free to roam. It must still be that way, somewhere, but I don't know where.
A month or so ago, we were invited to revisit my aunt and uncle's old house, when one of my cousins was in town. My kids and I jumped at the chance and knew exactly what we would do. Our good friends live there now, and they are about the kindest and most gracious people you would ever want to meet.
They let us invade their house and run all over their large property, just like we did as kids. But what makes it extra sweet and special now is that I am doing it with my kids.
So what's up with the video above?
The house is a two-story house, and part of the second-story balcony is directly above the pool. It doesn't take a lot to guess what happens from there, over and over and over again, just like when I was a boy.
Besides having a blissful afternoon with our friends and family, I came away grateful and resolved to have more spontaneous fun with my children.
Spontaneous fun, such as saying let's go to the beach, when it's four o'clock in the afternoon on a Sunday. So we all pile in the car and just drive over and jump in and out of the surf for a while and then stop and grab dinner at Erewhon, creating a memory in the process.
What do you do for fun with your kids? Please write and tell me, I'd like to know, 'cause we want to do it too. You can reach me at HankFrazee.com.
And to our dear friends, N and G, thank you again! We especially appreciate your kindness.