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Childhood Found

The day before my birthday this year, I ventured out to take my daily nature walk. All was well as I made my way through the curvy  hiking trail at the wildlife refuge, enjoying the unseasonably warm December weather. I was about halfway through the trail, conscious of keeping good posture as I took careful deliberate steps forward. Suddenly I looked down at the ground, and was amazed to find a piece of my childhood carved neatly into the moist earth… a hopscotch board!

Wow…I thought, how I loved that game as a little girl. But I had never seen a board created in the natural earth. The hopscotch boards of my youth were etched into concrete sidewalks on Merrymount Street where I grew up in Staten Island.

It was an exciting game for “little me” and I remember all the fun I had while playing.

I took a photograph of the board, and continued on my way, accepting the gift of a great childhood memory…the joys of playing hopscotch.

Much Love,  Robyn

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photo credits: hopscotch photo#1 above by Isaac Fitterman, 1956  hopscotch photo#3 above by Hugh Brecher,1971

12 responses

  1. Living in different hemispheres, but sharing the same childhood reminiscences. Loved playing hopscotch.

    Best regards from Uruguay.

    PS: I am an amateur photographer and have a couple of blogs. Don´t want to advertise here.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

  2. Thanks Rosina! Truly appreciate your coming by from so far away:) Will have to visit you too soon!

    February 22, 2012 at 10:24 PM

  3. I love this post. I love candid photos of kids.. which most photos of kids are candid. well done.

    August 16, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    • Thanks rfljensky! I have many candids of kids featured you might enjoy…
      … here is another https://throughthehealinglens.com/2012/07/20/free-spirit/
      and another…https://throughthehealinglens.com/2012/07/16/storyteller-of-salt/
      many more too! Appreciate your comment and welcome! Warm wishes your way 🙂

      August 16, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      • Beautiful posts. I am “practicing simplicity” but can’t get used to the idea when it comes to photos that sometimes less is more.. Ha.. will work on that. Seriously amazing photos. Are they your children? No matter.. very well done..

        August 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      • Thank you … this was an earlier post (Childhood Found)… did you see the photo in the woods of the mysterious hopscotch board I found https://throughthehealinglens.com/?p=1883&preview=true ?? This page we are on now, is more of an explanation page – and these photos are actually old shots — me (spinning) and my cousin ( playing hopscotch) !! The other post “Free Spirit” ~ and also Storyteller of Salt – are candids of kids I don’t know personally! So glad you enjoyed them a lot … Appreciate 🙂

        August 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

  4. It always brings a smile when I encounter a hopscotch board chalked on the sidewalk. My next door neighbor often has one, along with various colored drawings. I loved playing this as a child. Perhaps, I’ll try again.


    May 10, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    • Yes Dennis – me too on these old-fashioned hopscotch boards 🙂 I adored playing as a child on the sidewalk – definitely great memories. Maybe will try again with you!
      Good thoughts your way , Robyn

      May 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

  5. Redo You Project

    A sweet woman with a sweet, young soul! Great to keep some child-likeness in us. A great story…

    Jeff 🙂 x

    June 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    • Thank you Jeff! Yes… Age is all about the feeling–“forever young at heart” as they say! 💙

      June 18, 2013 at 1:09 AM

  6. What a wonderful “memory” to come across, Robyn, and so unusual. Mine were also etched in concrete! Your photo is wonderful, too, along with your beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing this as it brought back fun hopscotch memories for me, as well! Much love and many hugs to you! xo

    July 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    • Thanks so much Lauren~ it was a very interesting encounter. I also loved hopscotch!!! Love and Hugs x Robyn

      July 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

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