Those were the days
of jumping off
playing Marco Polo,
swimming like mermaids
to heart’s content,
working up appetites
for sweet fruit
ready for picking,
playing board games
with sticky fingers,
laughing at clumsy
yet reveling in the
simplicity of it all
and life was the best
Lauren Scott © 2015
36 thoughts on “Tangerine Smiles”
You captured the joy of that growing up time very nicely. It brought back happy memories.
Thanks so much, Ian! It was a fun walk down memory lane from my youth. 🙂
Yes life was simpler. I tried in vain to play board games with my grandchildren and it held their interest for all of 5 minutes. Your poem did bring back memories.
I miss those times but I do love technology, too. Balancing it all is the key and tough to do especially in the younger generations now. Thanks, Kim, and I hope your memories were good ones, also!
Always try to remember the good. 🙂
Love this. Could have been written about my own childhood. Thanks for sharing!
Aww, thanks so much! I hope my words evoke many fun memories from younger years.
Oh I love this Lauren! And the title is super! Oh for the simplicity of life. I remember Operation so well!! Those little pieces could easily get lost!
Advances in technology are wonderful of course in so many areas, especially medicine butty a personal level we can let it take over if we’re not careful can’t we. I guess it’s that word ‘balance’ again with a dollop of self discipline!
tomove away from screens! 😊❤️ Xx
Thanks, Chris, and I’ll never forget those swimming days and playing Operation with sticky fingers after eating a zillion tangerines. I loved that backyard of the house my family lived in. The pool, the tiki hut for changing, the grass area and the deck. I wish my parents had stayed there instead of moving. 🙂
I’m happy to not be the only one who remembers this game! Yes, it’s balancing the simplicity of playing outdoors and technology, which isn’t easy for this younger generation. I know my kids had plenty of outdoor play when they were little and still love hiking, biking, etc. Yet they love technology, too, and it’s pretty much required for college and school these days…it’s all about that dollop! 🙂 ♥
Reminiscences of the days of childhood innocence
What a beautiful world we did grow up in those days.
Your words captured it all..
Yes, we did, Ian, and thanks so much for your kind comment! I wish you a wonderful weekend!
Greetings Lauren, social visit to say Hi,….Hi
That’s nice of you, Ian! Hi! 🙂 Have a terrific Tuesday, my friend…
Thanks, Binky! Happy Saturday!
Those were the days my love, we thought would never end, should I sing? Nice poem, Lauren..
Yes, you should sing, Raj, ♫ ♫ and thanks for your kind words, too. I’m glad you enjoyed this bit of reminiscing…have a wonderful weekend!
Love the ‘sticky fingers’ ~ they were such a part of it all. Still are to some extent!
Thanks, Jean! Those sticky fingers played a big part of those great memories! It was fun reminiscing…
Poured into the world
Gradually that fluidity congeals
For years one wishes to be older
Then, with experience one wishes
Ah, if only, to be young again
With wisdom one learns acceptance
Your words make a beautiful reply, Ben, thank you! It was fun going back “a few” years 😉 but I truly don’t wish to be that young again or even in my twenties. I’m content in the place where I am now and acceptance is definitely beneficial for when aging doesn’t meet to our liking. 🙂
It seems you “got” my poem. I certainly enjoyed yours. It got me thinking, reflecting and eventually writing. Thank you. 🙂
Thanks for your kind words, Ben!
Growing up when life was simpler, or is it that we were just to young too know? Lovely. Hugs.
I think you bring up food for thought, Michelle, and maybe it’s a little of both. Thanks, my friend, and hugs to you, too!
I love this! It’s kind of a poetic memoir😊
Thanks so much, Andy! I don’t wish to be that young again but I do have fun every so often reflecting on those days. 🙂
It’s a beautiful writing and I have similar memories of long ago past 🙂 I’m really thinking now about how lifestyle really does change across generations
Thanks, Scott! It’s fun thinking back on those days, isn’t it, and I agree with you about lifestyles changing from one generation to the next. Some things are good, maybe some not so good, but all we can do is move forward. And when I think of all the changes my parents have lived through from the early 1900’s it just makes my head spin, especially with my Dad at 95 on Facebook. 😀
These sound sweet memories Lauren.. and not too many play board games any more.. that is unless its on their phone 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend.. 🙂 and good to see you have been busy posting again.. xxx Hugs Sue xx
They’re great memories, Sue, thanks and sadly board games aren’t played much. I only hope that parents of younger children find some kind of balance between reading books, playing outdoors, maybe dusting off an old board game along with technology. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend, too. We’ll be in the mountains tomorrow for vacation and I’m definitely ready! Many hugs! ♥ ♥
Enjoy your vacation Lauren.. It was lovely catching up with you today xxx 🙂 and maybe there is room for that board game or deck of cards in your back-pack 🙂
Thanks and it’s just hubby and I and we’ll be hiking and swimming a lot and sight-seeing, too, and who knows what else? 😉 ♥
🙂 sounds wonderful… Enjoy yourselves.. I am sure you will 😉 xxx ❤
Yes indeed Lauren, wonderful to look back at simpler times, less burdensome times. Our carefree youth may have had differing or lesser purpose yet profoundly impressionable and nurturing all the same.