We used to hear them,
giggles in the distance,
running behind bushes,
hiding against stucco.
Houses on the block, vacant?
Not devoid of humans,
but maybe lacking
excitement to frolic
beneath sun’s rays,
sing with the robins,
gaze at

acrobatic squirrels
in the tall oaks.
Perhaps, sneaky screens
stole that amusement,
those precious,
memory-making moments
spent outdoors.

Lauren Scott (c)

37 thoughts on “Giggles

  1. HI Lauren, it isn’t just the screens that have changed life for our kids. It is also so much traffic and higher levels of crime. Parents prefer to keep their kids closer to home than have them roaming about. It’s very different from our young days.

    1. Hi Robbie, you make a good point. Traffic and crime have increased to impact our youth. I wrote this poem with our quiet street in mind, reminiscent of listening to those delightful giggles from children playing tag and hide and seek two decades ago. So, I’m sure screens are to blame at some degree. Things have definitely changed for our youth and it’s sad regardless of the reason. It’s good to play outdoors and get exercise. 💞

  2. I remember roaming the streets by myself or with my siblings. My husband roamed in the woods with his siblings in Australia. Such precious memories. We can’t do that these days. I’m glad my daughter in Portland has good neighbors and le the kids get together, just not to let them run on the street. Lovey poem, Lauren. ❤

    1. It’s good to have those wonderful memories, Miriam. Things have definitely changed for the younger generations. Our son was here this past week and we had a great visit. He’s leaving today, but he’ll be back in August for a friends wedding, so that will console me when I hug him goodbye today. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for your kind words. 💕

  3. There are still ‘Giggles’ to be heard…. We just need to learn where to listen… 😉
    Sadly many now stay indoors, and their heads are in their iPhone’s.. Nature to many seems foreign.. as they don’t seem to want to watch acrobatic squirrels or sing with robins.. Only zap and exterminate the game players..

    Great poem Lauren… ❤ Enjoy your weekend ❤

    1. True about learning where to listen, Sue, and that’s what I mean, indoors, plugged in, tuned out to nature. It’s such a different world. Something else I hope is that children still read books these days in between and among all the screen time. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for your kind words as always. Love and hugs! 💕💕

  4. The price we have to pay for modernization! Well-captured Lauren. If the device time is restricted, we still can hear them playing natural games in the backyard and some front yards are safe.

    1. Exactly, Balroop! And like Sue said, we just have to learn when to listen for those precious giggles. Thanks for your thoughts and kind words. Enjoy your weekend. 💞

  5. The giggles were always present in our growing up years because it had not yet been revealed to us struggles our parents had to go through to ensure we had freedom to grow unhindered and enjoy life without those struggles personally. The compensation our parents received for this was to enjoy watching us in our innocence.

    1. I’m sorry to hear your parents endured struggles while you were little, but it sounds like they were loving and wanted only for you to be happy. I’m glad the giggles were present for you to have wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing, Ian.

  6. Jane Sturgeon

    A delightful poem, Lauren. May we all have more giggles, just as we did when we were little. ❤ Much love flowing to you both. ❤ I have posted a review for your wonderful book 'More Than Coffee'. It is not showing yet, but hopefully will soon as it is a verified purchase. I am just so sorry it has taken so long! More hugs to you. ❤ xXx

    1. Thanks, Jane, and I agree, let’s keep those giggles close by, along with the great memories. And thank you SO much for posting a review, I truly appreciate you taking the time and will watch for it to appear. I hope you enjoyed my memories. 🙂 Much love and many hugs to you and Time, too. ❤️❤️❤️

      1. Jane Sturgeon

        My lovely, I loved the whole book. It’s so much more than a memoir. The review is live on Amazon UK. It went up this afternoon (our time). Tim and I send hugs and much love to you and Matt. Xxxx ❤️😘❤️

      2. Oh, thanks, Jane! You really made my Monday! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. It was fun to work on and reminisce on that walk down memory lane. I’m on my way to Amazon and will share on my blog later this week. Big hugs from us to you both! ❤️🌻❤️🌻❤️🌻

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