‘Memory Lane: Skating in the Woods’ (2016)

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Grandma Moses knew these places–and painted them for us.

I like to run this piece now and then because I think it’s important to remember things that were good, people and places, squandered riches that we would’ve done well to keep.

Memory Lane: Skating in the Woods

Did I dream of all these places? There’s not a shred of them left. All pulled down, bulldozed, paved over, a perpetual sacrifice to the idol of mere ugliness. No more skating in the woods, because there’s no more woods. And that fabulous wealthy estate that I remember, torn away to make room for another housing development–I may be the only one left who ever knew it had once been there.

We don’t have to do these things.

6 comments on “‘Memory Lane: Skating in the Woods’ (2016)

  1. I remember these places and activities very well. We had a place on the edge of our little town that the kids all called Sled Hill and it saw a lot of activity.

  2. Wow, a real recreational paradise. I never did any ice skate to speak of, but I was a roller skating fiend.

  3. It’s kind of funny, in a way, that my own shining childhood memories all took place on the concrete and asphalt that you dislike so much. I grew up in the South Bronx, and we had wonderful times playing games on the sidewalks and on the stoops of the apartment buildings. All we needed for wonderful games were our imaginations and some chalk, rubber balls, bottle caps, clothesline (for jump ropes), broomsticks (for stickball), pocketknives (mumblety peg), marbles … oh, yes, and iodine and bandaids for the scrapes and other injuries. It was wonderful. We had a park several blocks away, but we didn’t like stumbling around in the green stuff much. We headed for the concrete-paved playground instead. 😁

    I guess it all depends on what we grew up with. I still don’t like stumbling around in green stuff.

    1. Well, I’m glad you enjoyed your childhood in the city. I’m sure you’re right in saying it all depends on what you’re used to–and the people around you.

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