When I was a child, I used to knock on my best friends door. ‘Can Leanne play out?’ is what I would say.
Then that’s what we would do.
We could only go lamp post to lamp post. That was the marker. It was the span of about 6 houses. We did a lot of things between those two lamp posts. Putting dolls in prams and pushing them, walking around in our mum’s old high heel clip clop shoes, riding our bikes, scooters and rollerskates.
As we got older, we were allowed to venture a little further up and down the street. It’s weird how that felt like freedom.
It’s the summer holidays I remember the most. How the days felt long, hot and sticky. We would put washing up liquid in my friends paddling pool to make bubbles and play for hours. Occasionally, the skies would open up and it would chuck it down with rain and the air would smell of dry asphalt. That’s what summer smells like to me.
Things are a bit different in 2017. It’s easy to put the blame on technology and children preferring to play football on a Play Station rather than on a field, but the world doesn’t feel as safe anymore. If I had a 6-year-old girl, I wouldn’t be letting her play on the street. Even if I could see her out of the window.
Whenever I see a child with those shoes that have wheels, I get a pang of jealousy and have to remind myself I’m 30. So I can’t have them.
But as I have a blog, I can have a wishlist!
So here are the things I’d love to have during my outside adventures.
Proline Skates have some great skates, scooters and other equipment for outdoor activities. Now if only a 30-year-old woman could pull off a pair of Heelys!