Tangerine Smiles

Those were the days
of jumping off
diving boards,

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
motor skills,

yet reveling in the
simplicity of it all
and life was the best

Lauren Scott © 2015

36 thoughts on “Tangerine Smiles

    1. 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!

  1. 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

    1. 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! 🙂 ♥


    Poured into the world
    Enthralled, aghast
    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

    1. 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. 🙂

    1. 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. 😀

  3. 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

    1. 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! ♥ ♥

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