Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The games we played

Writing the post on Atari Games brought back memories of a time before computers, cell phones, Ipods and that new technology has brought us since the days before computers were a common item in our homes.

As a child, I was happy with my dolls, board games, playing cards, dominoes . . . and playing outdoors getting exercise.  We entertained ourselves by riding our bikes around the neighborhood, having hula hoop contests, jumping rope, playing badmitton, catch the ball, dodge ball.

It is sad that mothers in present time have to be afraid to let the kids play even in the front yard with all the weirdos out there grabbing children in plain sight . . . daylight.

The days gone by were so innocent . . . we didn't have to worry about that kind of weirdness . . . what has happened to our society?

Anyway, I digressed . . . I wanted to talk about how babyboomers entertained themselves without all the fancy stuff the kids of today have.  I'm jealous, although I didn't miss what I didn't know I didn't have :)

As a younger child I loved Cootie and Potato Head . . . I would spend hours on the floor playing jacks, pick up sticks or building odd objects with my Tinker Toys.

How about the Slinky?  It fascinated me . . . so did the Etch-A-Sketch.

My nana played cards with us all the time.  My favorite card game was Old Maid, although I really took it serious and get really mad if I got stuck with the Old Maid card.  I am still a sore loser!  She taught us how to play all types of rummy, poker and I loved to play war . . . I still do.

When I think back at my favorite board games, my number one would have to be Monopoly . . . the game that never seems to end . . . and we loved it that way.  There was a board game we played that I'm not even sure was popular, but my brother and I sure loved it . . . it was called Careers . . . cool game, I still have it.

Even as a child I loved music.  I still have my nana's collection of 78's . . . Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney were her favorites.  My collection of 45's are still in those funky colored 45 holders that hold stacked records and have the handle on the top.  I thought about selling them on eBay, but I couldn't part with them even though I haven't played them in years.  Yes, I'm a pack rat!

I still have my quadrophonic stereo that was my prized possession of later days . . . I really thought I was something with a speaker in every corner of my room . . . although my parents hated how I HAD to play it so loud.  It just didn't sound right unless it was super loud :)

One of my favorite pastimes was playing my guitar and making up songs . . . something I continued to do through my adult life.  Some things don't change with age and I guess we all have that inner child within us.  Don't we?

The games we played and those things we did to entertain ourselves were pretty cool, in my opinion.  Although I am jealous that we didn't have computers, in a way I am glad we didn't . . . don't know if that makes sense to anyone.  We had interaction and activity with friends and family . . . the computer tends to isolate.

What do you think?

What are some of your recollections
 of your childhood and the games you played?


ryoko861 said...

Yep, we were the same! My Barbies, the 45's (I still have every single one in the case with the handle on top!), Cooties, jacks, my roller skates, climbing trees, pick up kick ball games, riding my Stingray bicycle, playing cards with my grandma....sweet and oh so innocent memories. I've done my best to instill some of those values into my kids amongst the video and computer games.
Great post! Going to send this link to a friend of mine that has a Baby Boomer blog as well. We can all commiserate!

WheelchairDecor said...

Go with the 'old days' anytime...LOL Your post brought back many fun memories! Does that give you a hint as to how old I am? Hoola hoop, slinky, etc.

New follower, hope you can stop by for a visit!
Thanks, Becky J

onemixedbag.com said...

I was a child of the 70's. I loved my paper dolls. Love them. I had one where you could get her wet and her clothes would stay on.
Played barbies alot. My brother, cousin and I loved to put on plays for family and friends.
We had a cool fort in the field.
Now I must be an adult and go back to work. Thanks for the encouragement to go down memory lane.

Shady Del Knight said...

I was a child of the 50's and enjoyed my slinky, hula hoop, silly putty, super ball (that could bounce a mile high) and playing Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders, Candy Land, dominos, checkers and simple card games. It was a low tech world and I loved it. I often wish it still was. Thanks, Gina!

Capt Black Eagle said...

I loved getting sick...my dad would bring home those plastic decals you could put on a background...Superman, spiderman, and batman. He would also bring me those rub ons..a stick that you could rub on these special paper pads and would reveal an image.

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dogsmom said...

We could play anywhere in the neighborhood til long after dark, go trick or treating for blocks and take candy from strangers. We would walk to "downtown!"
Jumping rope, colorforms, the Barbie game as well as playing with dolls (and huge G.I. Joes.)

It is tough seeing pieces of my youth as vintage. I think antiques have to be older than I am.

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Just hopping on over! I found you on the blog hop. Please follow me too!

and I am from the 80s so my toys were Barbies and the skipping toys where they keep track of how many you do *can't remember the name

Cherie said...

Found you on the blog hop also. Your post brings back a myriad of memories. Love it!
Please follow back.

CarliAlice said...

I loved my hula hoop (I won many a contest!). We also used to play Name that Tune with our 45's. I was always the "host" because I knew all the records and they didn't think it was fair for me to be on a team.

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A Gracious Home said...

My dad made my first hula hoop. That was many years ago. I had a nurse doll, the golden story book bear, nurse kit, jacks, bride doll and jump rope.

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Gail Griner Golden said...

You're bringing back lots of memories....all good!!! We had so much fun growing up. My fav game was Tarzan. We climbed and swung from the trees in the backyar, doing the Tarzan yell. I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by Gail-Friends and follow back.

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Out of My Mind said...


Basking in Florida?
Lost in the jungles of South America?
In lock-up?

Miss you!

Gina Alfani said...

Thanks to all for visiting, commenting and following Babyboomer Flashback! I am following everyone back who is following me :)

@kt . . . shame on me, I have to admit that I have neglected posting to BBF, although I have been working in the background to make it a better blog!

I get so bogged down in my projects . . . I started a new blog this month and . . . also have been trying to figure out Facebook Fan Pages as a new addition for all of my blogs, along with designing new website pages that will be dedicated to each of my blogs.

I'm also working on a blog hop/meme . . . whatever you want to call it . . . for this blog.

LMAO . . . basking in the glow of my computer monitor in Florida :)

Rumtruffle said...

Hi Gina,
Hopping by Via Follow Friday. I am glad I didnt have a computer growing up, I used to spend all my time outdoors in the park , jumping over streams and riding my bike. I still think this is what children should be doing today.
If you have a few minutes spare I would love it if you could pop over and say hello.
Helen x

Deb Chitwood said...

Thanks for bringing back some great memories! I especially loved riding my stick horse around the pasture of the farm where I grew up in South Dakota!
Already a follower from Follow Friday 40 and Over!

Out of My Mind said...


OK...guess you have a great excuse. Learn as much as you can so I can pick your brain.

Miss you

Kathy said...

Wow! Flashback for sure! We must be very close to the same age. I remember every single thing you spoke of. It's too bad kids these days had to miss out on all of that. We'd go outside to play in the morning, come in for lunch, back out again til dark. We had to use that thing called "imagination" to have fun and we did!!! Thanks for bringing all that back!

Gina Alfani said...

@ Helen, Deb, Kathy . . . I feel very fortunate to have grown up in those awesome times . . . even though we didn't have all the fancy technology. Yes Kathy . . . we used our imagination and wasn't that awesome!!

I had forgotten about the stick horse Deb!!!

@kt . . . I love to challenge myself and always trying to learn new things :)

Thanks to everyone for sharing your memories!! Keep them coming :)


Maureen Daniels said...

We didn't have any video games and we barely watched betamax movies. My sister and I played imaginary games and spent a lot of time ridign bikes, climbing trees and listening to music and singing songs. It was lots of fun and sometimes I wish my kids had more of those things now ...there is just too much tv and not enough brain time. Love your blogs Gina! I also love Donita's World...pretty cool.
Maureen :)

Gina Alfani said...

Thank you Maureen for the compliment and everything do you for me and fellow bloggers out there at the Vintage Village and the Online Shopping Mall! You are awesome!

I agree there is not enough brain time anymore . . . and not enough imagination that we had to use in order to keep ourselves entertained.


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