Now and Then

kids playing

Laughter echoes
down the street
leaping from
leaf to leaf
as they flutter
to a welcomed melody
of youthful sounds

Curtains unfold
to the delight
smiles abound
to the rare sight
to the tune
of innocence
in the wind
of nostalgic times
that warm the heart
now and then

Lauren Scott Β© 2018
Photo: Google



32 thoughts on “Now and Then

      1. Very nice, Ben. Thanks for sharing…
        In your little corner, you say a prayer
        That peace could prevail everywhere
        In my little corner on bended knees
        I’ll faithfully add to your pleas

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. Our block has grown up (we’re one of the oldest families, yikes), but now there’s a new generation of younger kids coming out of nowhere. So, the other day, I heard laughter and playing in the street, which not only was a joyful new sound, but it reminded me of the times when my kids did the same in their childhood. Anyway, nowadays, kids are more plugged in and not outside as often, so this sound was definitely welcomed. I thought that photo was perfect, too. πŸ™‚ ❀🌼

      1. The sound of playing and laughing children is one of the best sounds, I think. Especially when the go out again to play outside after a long and cold winter. They seem to come out just like the birds then, filling the air with their joyous sounds. πŸ™‚ ❀

    1. I’m so glad you do, Bette! Thank you, and where do you share? Your blog? Twitter? I’ve looked, but haven’t figured that out. I appreciate you sharing and wanted to say so on your post. πŸ™‚ xoxo

    1. Thanks, Betty! Hearing laughter and kids playing in the street is rare these days because of technology, so hearing this on my block a few days ago was very nice and inspiring. πŸ™‚ πŸ’“πŸŒ»

      1. You’re right, it’s rare these days. Kids need to put down their devices and play outside. And their parents need to do the same.
        Hope you’re having a good Monday, Lauren. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸŒΌ

  1. Love this. Before my neighbourhood “grew up”, every Sunday afternoon, dads would bring their sons and daughters to the playground below my apartment block. The kids – all races and religions – would have a ball of a time playing soccer. It was a heart-warming sight.

    1. Thanks, Eric, and what a great memory you have. Our neighborhood is the same; we’re one of the oldest families now with young adult kids, yikes! So, a new generation is popping up, but because of technology, kids don’t play outside much anymore. When I heard the laughter and the playing, it was music to my ears. πŸ™‚

  2. Beautifully written, Lauren! πŸ˜€ The combination of the fluttering of leaves and laughter in the first stanza works wonderfully, so lyrical and light. Such innocence is a treasure and heart-warming … may it long be heard.

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