I have vivid memories of my brother and I hurling ourselves onto a piece of blue plastic canvas that was covered in a concoction of water and dishwashing detergent, sliding over a bumpy and grassy knoll and this being totally fine. Actually, it was more than fine; it was a school holiday activity that was widely encouraged by every parent in the local area.
I’ve seen lately that adults have attempted to recreate this ‘slip ‘n slide’ either in their own backyard or on a grander scale in the middle of say, Federation Square. Whilst I applaud the reasoning behind it, I know that it will never compare to how we did it and how it felt doing it, as kids ourselves.
There’s no doubt we have, as adults, a great life in Australia, one that allows us to enjoy our beautiful outdoors all year round. But wouldn’t it be nice some times though, to go back to being a kid and enjoying the simple things in life again?
There’s no denying it, kids just get to do certain things better than adults do.
Let me count the ways…
1. Treasure hunts.
I think as adults we want to believe we do treasure hunts better. Because we’ve got thought processes that allow us to see and anticipate each brilliant step. But really, a kid going on a treasure hunt is a joy to behold. They have something that we adults somehow lose along the way, an imagination. So although we can organise a kickarse treasure hunt with cross-city scavenging and creative bartering, nothing quite beats a kid organising an inspired and resourceful childhood hunt that probably resulted in a prize of their dogs petrified dog poo.
As a kid, we did not take advantage of this AT ALL. Now, if I’m tired and it’s 3pm on a Tuesday, well that’s just TOO BAD. These toddlers just don’t understand the currency they hold in their tiny hands. They resist and fight it every single step of the way.
As adults, we’d give our left eyeball to be able to lie down ‘just because it’s midday’. There should be a sleep bank where you can make deposits and withdrawals.